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McKenzie Receives Level IV Trauma Designation

McKenzie Health System is proud to announce that it has achieved designation by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) as a Level IV Trauma Facility.  The Level IV Trauma Facility designation means that critical patients will come to McKenzie Health System Emergency Department, be stabilized or treated, and may then be transferred to a Level I, II, or III facility, depending on their condition.

Trauma Team Members (l to r): Mark Hamed, MD, MBA, MPH, Trauma Program Medical Director; Patricia Schafsnitz, RN; Konni Phillips, RN, Trauma Program Coordinator; Diane Hart, CST, Trauma Registrar; Amy McCrea, LPN, Trauma Registrar; Jenifer Monzo, RN, BAS, CPHRM.

McKenzie has the distinction of being the first critical access hospital in the State of Michigan to be a fully accredited Level IV Trauma designee. Konni Phillips, RN, Emergency Room Manager and Trauma Program Coordinator, explained the importance of the designation for a full three years, “Full designation is only awarded for an entire 3 years when a facility has met all of the requirements, allowing for only a small number of minor deficiencies. At McKenzie, we were thrilled to have zero deficiencies noted!”

The Michigan Trauma Program was created as a result of a statewide assessment of the state’s needs by the Michigan Trauma Commission. It is designed to match the needs of injured patients to the appropriate trauma care facility, so every patient receives optimal care from the initial recognition of the injury through return to the community.  The Level IV designation is the culmination of years of preparation and state scrutiny to insure McKenzie is prepared to:

  • treat patients needing Level IV care
  • assemble a trauma team in 30 minutes or less
  • act as the area trauma authority
  • participate in regional and/or state trauma organizations
  • transfer patients requiring more comprehensive care at a Level I, II or III Trauma Facility
  • maintain a 24/7 schedule of nurses and doctors that have on-going training in trauma care
  • make X-ray and CT available on a 24/7 basis
  • keep a laboratory available on a 24/7 basis as well as prepare a transfusion protocol collaboratively between the trauma service/program and the blood bank.

As part of the Michigan Trauma Network, McKenzie Health System must participate in Regional Trauma Network injury prevention work plans and initiatives. Because falls are the number one type of injury in the Sandusky area; McKenzie provides public education programs on fall prevention for the community and works with seniors and others to provide opportunities to gain balance and strength.

Obtaining this trauma designation distinguishes McKenzie Health System as one of the best of the best. “At McKenzie Health System, we have always been dedicated to providing excellent emergency and trauma care to our patients. I am extremely proud of the entire McKenzie team and the passion with which they have pursued this designation to assure they are delivering the very best emergency care possible to the community,” said Steve Barnett, President and CEO.

Mark Hamed, MD, MBA, MPH, MHS Medical Director, Departments of Emergency Medicine and Hospital Medicine and Trauma Program Medical Director for McKenzie Health System recognized the significant amount of work, perseverance and dedication by the McKenzie Health System staff and Emergency Department physicians that went into achieving the designation.  “We owe an incredible debt of gratitude to so many team members at all levels who have come together over the past several years to earn and maintain this level of accreditation. They are all very proud to have met the challenge and achieved this designation and we are incredibly proud of them as well.”

To learn more about the emergency care and other services available at McKenzie Health System, visit www.mckenziehealth.org.

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