Blake Medical Center
December 03, 2019

The Trauma Center at Blake Medical Center receives verification from the Verification Review Committee, an ad hoc committee of the Committee on Trauma of the American College of Surgeons

Bradenton, FL - The Trauma Center at Blake Medical Center 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 the trauma center's dedication to providing optimal care for injured patients.

Established by the American College of Surgeons in 1987, the COT's Consultation/Verification Program for Hospitals promotes the development of trauma centers in which participants provide not only the hospital resources necessary for trauma care, but also the entire spectrum of care to address the needs of all injured patients. This spectrum encompasses the prehospital phase through the rehabilitation process.

"We are very proud of this accomplishment. Blake's Level II Trauma Center is now one of only 5 ACS verified Level II Trauma Centers in the state of Florida and the only ACS verified Trauma Center in Trauma Service Area (TSA) 13, which includes Manatee, Desoto and Sarasota counties," says Randy Currin, President and Chief Executive Officer of Blake Medical Center. "This verification recognizes that our hospital has voluntarily met criteria that improves the standard of care. Multiple departments and services within Blake Medical Center work in alignment with our Trauma program ensuring our patients receive comprehensive, optimal care."

Verified trauma centers must meet the essential criteria that ensure trauma care capability and institutional performance, as outlined by the American College of Surgeons' Committee on Trauma in its current Resources for Optimal Care of the Injured Patient manual.

"The honor of receiving this ACS distinction from a consultative visit elevates the significance of this achievement for our team even more, as the ACS verification process typically requires additional steps," says Carol Bissinger, Blake Medical Center's Director of Trauma Services. ""Our processes allow us to provide the very best care for patients, and it is extremely rewarding to have our programs serving the critically injured achieve this notable verification."

The ACS Committee on Trauma's verification program does not designate trauma centers. Rather, the program provides confirmation that a trauma center has demonstrated its commitment to providing the highest quality trauma care for all injured patients. The actual establishment and the designation of trauma centers is the function of local, regional, or state health care systems agencies, such as the local emergency medical services (EMS) authority. The state of Florida designates trauma centers through the Florida Department of Health (FDOH). Blake Medical Center has been a FDOH designated trauma center since 2013.

There are five separate categories of verification in the COT's program. Each category has specific criteria that must be met by a facility seeking that level of verification. Each hospital has an on-site review by a team of experienced site reviewers, who use the current Resources for the Optimal Care of the Injured Patient manual as a guideline in conducting the survey.

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.