WASHINGTON (November 21, 2013) – Howard University Hospital (HUH) has been reverified as a Level 1 Trauma Center by the American College of Surgeons (ACS). Level 1 is the highest classification that a trauma center can receive from ACS. HUH is one of only three Level 1 ACS-verified adult trauma centers in the DC metropolitan area.
“Achieving reverification as a Level 1 Trauma Center demonstrates that we have met the high standards set forth by the American College of Surgeons,” said Suryanarayana M. Siram, M.D., F.A.C.S., Chief of the Division of Trauma and Critical Care at HUH.
HUH has successfully received renewal of the Level 1 designation every three years since first undergoing the voluntary verification process in 1986. The reverification, which extends through October 2016, follows a site visit by an ACS review team, and reflects HUH’s commitment to providing optimal care for trauma patients.
“I would like to congratulate Drs. Siram, Green, Cornwell and the entire trauma and emergency medicine team for their verification and validation as a Level 1 Trauma Center,” said Herbert Buchanan, Chief Executive Officer, HUH. “Their leadership and performance in the daily delivery of the highest quality patient care continue to be the most important ingredients in the recognition of HUH as a trauma service and leading academic medical center.”
Established by the American College of Surgeons in 1987, the Committee on Trauma’s (COT) Consultation/Verification Program for Hospitals promotes the development of trauma centers in which participants provide not only the hospital resources necessary to address the needs of all injured patients, but also the entire spectrum of care, from pre-hospital phase through the rehabilitation process. Verified trauma centers must meet the essential criteria that ensure trauma care capability and institutional performance, as outlined by the COT in its current Resources for Optimal Care of the Injured Patient manual.
As a Level 1 Trauma Center, HUH’s board-certified surgeons, emergency physicians, anesthesiologists, radiologists and trauma nurses are available 24 hours a day, every day to meet the needs of critically ill patients. The HUH Trauma Center evaluates and treats more than 1200 patients per year, and provides a significant amount of preventive care through community outreach and education.
About Howard University Hospital:
Over the course of its 150-year history of providing the finest primary, secondary and tertiary health care services, Howard University Hospital has become one of the most comprehensive health care facilities in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area and designated a DC Level 1 Trauma Center. A private, nonprofit institution, HUH offers medical students a superior learning environment and opportunities to observe or participate in groundbreaking clinical and research work with professionals who are changing the face of health care. Washingtonian and Black Enterprise magazines have identified physicians affiliated with the hospital as leaders in a vast range of specialties.