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  PRMC Receives Level IV Trauma Center Designation from KDHE
   

PRMC Receives Level IV Trauma Center Designation from KDHE

Pratt Regional Medical Center is pleased to announce the Emergency Department recently earned a Level IV Trauma Center designation from the Kansas Department of Health and Environment.

“Trauma center designation is one component of a comprehensive statewide trauma system designed to get patients with life-threatening injuries to a hospital with the necessary resources”, says Robert Moser, MD, KDHE Secretary and State Health Officer.  “We congratulate Pratt Regional Medical Center for serving as a vital resource when every second matters.”

Level IV trauma centers are rural hospitals whose primary role is to stabilize seriously injured patients and, if necessary, transfer them to a higher level trauma center. Hospitals that have achieved Level IV trauma center designation have demonstrated a commitment to providing optimal care for those who have been seriously injured.

“We are truly blessed to have this caliber of staff in Pratt,” Emergency Department Director, Brandi Graf said. “The potential for a serious trauma to occur in our area is high. We see major accidents from the highway to our large agricultural or oil community, and from our active youth.  It’s comforting to know that our local hospital is active with the state trauma efforts and aligned with other hospitals in the region. Everyone should be proud and find confidence in Pratt Regional Medical Center.”

Designated trauma centers must meet the essential criteria that ensure trauma care capability and institutional performance as outlined by the American College of Surgeons and endorsed by the Kansas Advisory Committee on Trauma.

There are four separate categories of designation by the Kansas Trauma Program. Each category has specific criteria that must be met by a facility seeking that level of designation. A trauma care system includes a network of hospitals providing a spectrum of care for injured patients. Trauma center designations are based on the hospital’s care capability, from the highest, Level I, to hospitals designated Level IV.

Injuries are a leading cause of death and disability in Kansas. KDHE’s Trauma Program works to assure those that are injured in Kansas have access to an organized system of trauma care that offers them the best chance of recovery.

   
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