HSHS St. Vincent Hospital is the region's first trauma center and one of only five trauma centers in Wisconsin to be verified by the American College of Surgeons (ACS). The ACS Committee on Trauma verified the HSHS St. Vincent Regional Emergency Center as a Level II Trauma Center in December 1999. This is the highest ranking a non-university-affiliated emergency center can attain. ACS verification confirms HSHS St. Vincent Hospital provides the highest level of trauma care possible for all injured patients, including pediatric patients.
As Level II Trauma Center, it must meet strict ACS guidelines. The ACS verifies St. Vincent can stabilize any major trauma and has the resources to direct care for the critically injured. Key elements of a Level II trauma center include 24-hour, immediate coverage by trauma and neurosurgeons, as well as coverage by specialists in orthopedic surgery, anesthesiology, emergency medicine, radiology, and critical care. In addition to these resources, St. Vincent has the region’s only board-certified orthopedic trauma surgeon.
A Level II trauma center also must be dedicated to continually improving trauma care through a comprehensive quality improvement program and must be committed to trauma prevention and trauma team members’ continuing education. The array of educational offerings the HSHS St. Vincent Regional Emergency Center offers to both the public and to its colleagues is vast.
These nurses have experience providing care and assistance to people of all ages and both sexes following a sexual assault. They collect medical evidence and perform the necessary examination in a caring and sensitive manner.