Tuesday, Nov. 13 2012 5:51PM
LSMC trauma center designated Level III
By Russ Pulley
Lee’s Summit Medical Center has been designated a Level III Trauma Center by the Missouri Department of Health and Human Services.
It meets the state’s rigorous criteria for high-level, 24-hour trauma emergency, operative and critical care services. In addition, the hospital provides prompt assessment, resuscitation, emergency surgery and stabilization of trauma victims.
To become Level III Trauma Center physicians, surgeons and nurses fulfilled strict education requirements.
Stanley M. Augustin, a board-certified general surgeon with additional certification in emergency medicine, is medical director of the medical center’s trauma center and surgical services.
“I have cared for hundreds of trauma patients with varying levels of serious injury over the years and know how crucial immediate care is in helping to save lives,” Augustin said. “This Level III Trauma Center designation is a great achievement for Lee’s Summit Medical Center and showcases our continued commitment and service to the community.”
Lee’s Summit now has two hospitals with the Level III designation, St. Luke’s East__ Lee’s Summit also recently was designated as Level III.
The designation shows both hospitals have equipment and personnel available to evaluate and treat victims with serious or potentially serious injuries, for example from a high-speed car crash.
Previously Lee’s Summit residents would need to go to a hospital outside the community for those injuries.
According to the Trauma Center Association of America traumatic injuries, such as motorcycle and car crashes, assaults and falls from significant heights, cause nearly 170,000 deaths each year in the United States.