UMC's Level 1 Trauma Center Receives Verification From American College of SurgeonsOctober 20, 2017
EL PASO, Texas – University Medical Center of El Paso’s Scherr-Legate Level 1 Trauma Center has again been verified as a Level 1 Trauma Center by the American College of Surgeons (ACS). This achievement recognizes the trauma center's dedication to providing optimal care for injured patients. UMC is home to the only Level 1 Trauma Center in a 280-mile radius of El Paso.
During its recent review, UMC’s Scherr-Legate Level 1 Trauma Center registered no (zero) findings, registering 100 percent compliance/adherence to ACS standards of care.
“This is another great statement on the high level of care that UMC represents in our community,” said Jacob Cintron, President & CEO. “For two decades, we have been home to the only Level 1 Trauma Center in our region and we will continue our tradition of high quality, high standard of care for all trauma patients arriving at our hospital by helicopter or ambulance.”
Established by the American College of Surgeons in 1987, the COT's Consultation/Verification Program for Hospitals promotes the development of trauma centers in which participants provide not only the hospital resources necessary for trauma care, but also the entire spectrum of care to address the needs of all injured patients. This spectrum encompasses the prehospital phase through the rehabilitation process.
Verified trauma centers must meet the essential criteria that ensure trauma care capability and institutional performance, as outlined by the ACS's Committee on Trauma in its current Resources for Optimal Care of the Injured.
The ACS is a scientific and educational association of surgeons that was founded in 1913 to raise the standards of surgical education and practice and to improve the care of the surgical patient. The College has over 72,000 members and it is the largest association of surgeons in the world. Longstanding achievements have placed the ACS in the forefront of American surgery and have made it an important advocate for all surgical patients.