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Northern Michigan trauma center receives trauma designation

Otsego Memorial Hospital is designated as a Level IV Trauma Center by the State of Michigan.

OTSEGO COUNTY, Mich., (WPBN/WGTU) -- A northern Michigan hospital's trauma center has been designated by the state.

Otsego Memorial Hospital received designation from the State of Michigan as a Level IV Trauma Center on December 6, 2017.

OMH is the first hospital in Region 7, which serves Otsego, Emmett, Cheboygan, Presque Isle, Charlevoix, Antrim, Montmorency, Alpena, Leelanau, Benzie, Grand Traverse, Kalkaska, Crawford, Manistee, Wexford, Missaukee, and Roscommon counties to achieve the trauma designation.

Munson Medical Center in Traverse City is verified as an American College of Surgeons Level II Trauma Center.

“We are very proud of the hard work and determination of all those who contributed to this achievement. Level IV Trauma designation and participation in the regionalization of Trauma Care will allow us to continue providing optimal care and increases the chance of survival for victims of serious trauma,” said Diane Fisher, VP of Patient Care Services at OMH.

In 2014, the state mandated a statewide trauma system which required all hospitals in Michigan to apply and receive American College of Surgeons designation or certification from the State of Michigan by December 31, 2017.

“Standardizing care and training across the region and state assures that optimal outcomes based on current best practices are available to every patient and that patients who need specialized care get to the right place at the right time,” said James Shurlow, DO, OMH Trauma Medical Director.

So they could become verified by the state as a Level IV Trauma Center, OMH created and enacted policies that were consistent with current standards in trauma care and staff education, which included entering data into a state trauma registry, developing an injury prevention program based on the data and maintaining a rigorous performance improvement program.

If you would like to know more about the Otsego Memorial Hospital, click here.

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