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Hospital Trauma Program Re-verified

Contact: Jill Holder

 

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“It serves to remind us that, nationally, we have some of the most highly trained physicians, surgeons and staff working to optimize patient care. It reassures Kentuckians that UK Hospital is among the best when it comes to the delivery of high quality care for all patients”

-- Sandra Chambers,
assistant hospital director,
UK Hospital

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June 27, 2003 (Lexington, Ky.) -- The trauma center at the University of Kentucky Hospital has been verified again as a Level I trauma center by the Committee on Trauma of the American College of Surgeons (ACS). This achievement recognizes the UK Trauma Center’s dedication to providing optimal care for injured patients.

“This significant distinction achieved by the UK Hospital reflects our level of commitment to our patients, our local community, as well as to the Commonwealth of Kentucky,” said Sandra Chambers, assistant hospital director, UK Hospital.

“It serves to remind us that, nationally, we have some of the most highly trained physicians, surgeons and staff working to optimize patient care. It reassures Kentuckians that UK Hospital is among the best when it comes to the delivery of high quality care for all patients,” Chambers said.

Trauma is the leading cause of mortality and morbidity for individuals younger than 40 years of age. Specialized trauma centers are effective in reducing rates of death and disability associated with injury.

“The UK Hospital Trauma Center is one of only two Level I centers serving the needs of Kentuckians. It is the only center providing tertiary trauma care for Central and Southeastern Kentucky,” said Paul A. Kearney, M.D., chief of UK Hospital Trauma and Critical Care and professor of surgery, UK College of Medicine.

Key elements of a Level I trauma center include 24-hour, in-house coverage by general surgeons, and prompt availability of care in specialties such as orthopedic surgery, neurosurgery, anesthesiology, emergency medicine, radiology, internal medicine, and critical care.

The ACS is a scientific and educational association of surgeons. For more information about ACS, go to its Web site.


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