The trauma program at Mercy Hospital- Berryville has achieved Level III designation from the Arkansas Department of Health.
Mercy received the designation following a survey by the state health department, which is administering a statewide trauma system for the first time this year. The statewide trauma system connects hospitals, ambulance services and other emergency responders statewide to transfer trauma patients as quickly as possible to the facility best able to treat their specific injuries. Four levels of trauma designations for Arkansas hospitals denote the kinds of resources available in a trauma center and the number of patients admitted yearly.
“I applaud our entire Emergency Department staff, Administration and Hospital for their dedication to improving the care we are able to provide our patients,” explained Dr. Milo Warner, Mercy Trauma Medical Director and Emergency Department Medical Director. “The staff here at Mercy has worked tirelessly for over a year to prepare for this designation, through additional education, training, and equipment upgrades.”
A Level 3 trauma center has resources for emergency resuscitation, surgery and intensive care of most trauma patients. The designation also requires transfer agreements with Level 1 or Level 2 trauma centers that provide additional care for exceptionally severe injuries – part of the crucial issue of coordinated care.
“Our goal is to provide the best care possible to the people who come to our Emergency Department” stated Dr. Milo Warner. “By participating in the Statewide Trauma Program, Mercy will be better able to care for not only trauma patients but for any emergency patient.”
In Arkansas, the death rate for all injuries has been consistently higher than the national average. A 2008 report by the American College of Surgeons said the overall injury fatality rate in Arkansas is nearly 50 percent higher than the national average, and the injury fatality rate for motor vehicle crashes (the second most common injury mechanism in the state) is 60 percent higher than the national average. In 2005, Arkansas ranked 50th in the nation for timely trauma center accessibility.