The verification process is voluntary and confirms that a hospital has demonstrated its ability to provide all necessary resources for trauma care for all injured patients, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, meeting the national guidelines established by the ACS. Level I status verifies that in addition to providing all of the necessary services, the hospital also has a training program and actively conducts research on trauma.
“The equation is quite simple,” said Andrew Kerwin, MD, chief of acute care surgery at UF Health Jacksonville. “Trauma centers help save lives, verified centers are at the top of the list, and now UF Health Jacksonville has proven itself again to be among the best.”
UF Health Jacksonville’s trauma services were thoroughly evaluated using ACS guidelines, where more than 200 standards related to trauma resources, care processes and continuous performance improvement were met. UF Health Jacksonville is the ninth verified trauma center in Florida and joins approximately 500 verified trauma centers nationwide. The closest Level I-verified centers are in Tampa and Miami in Florida and Macon and Atlanta in Georgia.
“There is no question about it, we are equipped and ready for any kind of trauma or emergency that enters our doors,” Kerwin said. “This verification confirms we have the resources and experience when you need us most.”