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Organization: Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital
Date: August 7, 2009
Henry Mayo Verified as Level II Trauma Center
VALENCIA, CA (August 6, 2009) — Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital has been verified as a Level II Trauma Center by the Verification Review Committee (VRC), an ad hoc committee of the Committee on Trauma (COT) of the American College of Surgeons (ACS).
    "This achievement recognizes our physicians, nurses and ancillary staff for their commitment to providing the highest and most comprehensive level of care and support to critically injured patients," stated Roger Seaver, Henry Mayo's president and CEO.
    Level II Trauma Centers are able to initiate definitive care for all injured patients. Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital was first activated on October 15, 1984 as a Rural Trauma Center. The status was changed to a Level II Trauma Center in 1992.
    "The availability of trauma care is crucial during the initial hours of an emergency," said Larry Kidd, vice-president of patient care services. "The verification validates not only the care we give, but the processes we've put in place to ensure better and faster emergency medical care for patients brought here with traumatic injuries."
    To maintain their Level II Trauma Center status, Henry Mayo must meet a lengthy list of criteria that ensures trauma care capability and the entire spectrum of care to address the needs of all injured patients. This spectrum encompasses the pre-hospital phase through the rehabilitation process.
    The verification process included an on-site review of the hospital by a team of surgeons experienced in the field of trauma. The team determined if Henry Mayo met the criteria for the Level II Trauma Center designation as outlined by the American College of Surgeons' Committee on Trauma in its current Resources for Optimal Care of the Injured Patient manual.
    "It's all about how we work together to save lives," added Seaver. "We are very proud of the level of care and clinical expertise that we provide to our community."
    The American College of Surgeons is a scientific and educational association of surgeons that was founded in 1913 to raise the standards of surgical education and practice and to improve the care of the surgical patient. The College has over 72,000 members and it is the largest association of surgeons in the world. Longstanding achievements have placed the ACS in the forefront of American surgery and have made it an important advocate for all surgical patients.
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