West Virginia University HospitalsJon Michael Moore Trauma Center has been verified as a Level1 trauma center by the American College of Surgeons(ACS) Committee on Trauma. The center meets or exceeds all national standards set by the ACS for care of severely injured persons.

Reverification places WVU in a position of being a national model for rural trauma systems,said Dr. Alison Wilson, director of the Jon Michael Moore Trauma Center.Our employees can take pride in this accomplishment and our community can take comfort in knowing were prepared to care for thousands of injured patients each year.

Of all trauma programs in the United States, approximately 100 receive ACS verification. The WVUH Trauma Center treats almost 3,500 patients annually. Few nationally recognized Level 1 trauma centers serve a predominantly rural population.

Last verified in 2005, the WVUH Trauma Center must seek reverification every three years. This year marks the first time ACS reviewed adult and pediatric programs independent of one another. Both were reverified with no deficiencies. In addition to the adult programs Level1 verification, the pediatric program was reverified as a Level 2 center.

ACS has new guidelines for pediatric trauma,Wilson explained.Previously, centers such as ours were verified as a combined trauma program. Under the new criteria, we proudly qualify as a pediatric Level 2 center.

The WVUH Trauma Center is one of only 21 verified Level 2 pediatric trauma centers in the United States. To achieve reverification for its adult and pediatric programs, the center underwent a voluntary, on-site review in April by a team of experienced ACS trauma surgeons.

Operating a trauma center 24 hours a day, 365 days a year is a tremendous mission that involves everyone from administration, nursing staff, ancillary departments and physicians to the rehab hospital,said Ramona Rodriguez, trauma program manager.Every member of our team played a vital role in this process. We would like to thank everyone whose efforts helped us to become reverified.

The Jon Michael Moore Trauma Center was created in the 1980s with the assistance and support of U.S. Sen. Robert C. Byrd and is named for his grandson, Jon Michael Moore, who died as the result of an automobile crash.

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