LAMAR, COLO. – Prowers Medical Center has been granted official designation as a Level IV Trauma Center by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment.
Trauma centers are hospital emergency programs with the personnel, training, systems, and equipment needed to care for seriously injured people. The trauma center levels are I, II, III, IV, and V. The different levels refer to the types of resources available at the trauma center and the number of patients admitted each year.
Prowers Medical Center’s Level IV designation signifies that the hospital has passed a formal review process demonstrating the ability to provide Advanced Trauma Life Support (ATLS) prior to patient transfer or admission. “Prowers Medical Center is now part of a statewide network of trauma facilities that are committed to quality protocols and work together to effectively transfer patients when higher levels of care are necessary.” said Tianne Woodward, trauma nurse coordinator at Prowers Medical Center.
“Studies show that injured patients treated in designated trauma centers have better outcomes than injured patients treated in non-trauma hospitals, even in a hospital setting,” said Dr. Christine Bogardus, Medical Director of Trauma at Prowers Medical. Center. “The process of qualifying as an official trauma center has helped us improve our care protocols and streamline patient flow to the most appropriate level of care.”
“To achieve the Level IV designation, many of our professionals worked closely together, from quality and emergency services to laboratory, imaging, cardiopulmonary, rehabilitation, surgical services, acute care and case management,” said Tina Sandoval, chief of Prowers Medical Center. Clinical Officer. “From the moment an injured patient arrives at our emergency room until they are discharged, we now have well-synchronized processes in place to ensure standards of care are met.”
When someone is seriously injured and time is of the essence, having a trauma center near you can mean the difference between life and death. Prowers Medical Center is the only designated trauma center in Prowers County, with the next closest trauma center 58 miles away.
“We are proud to be able to serve our community with essential trauma services,” said Leslie Day, emergency services manager at Prowers Medical Center. “Now that we are a Level IV facility, we have the processes in place to not only provide quality trauma care, but to continue to improve.”