OGDEN, UT --The trauma center at Ogden Regional 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.

“We are very proud of our team for earning this verification,” says Mark Adams, chief executive officer at Ogden Regional Medical Center. “This is meaningful to our hospital, but it’s even more important as a benefit to our community. Verification from the ACS demonstrates that our trauma team can ensure excellent care when it comes to those critical life-saving moments. We are truly living up to our mission of being committed to the care and improvement of human life.”

“We are honored to care for injured patients and proud of the safe, exceptional care we provide at Ogden Regional Medical Center. As a Trauma Team, we were excited to prepare and present the supporting documentation and evidence demonstrating how physicians, nurses, and the entire treatment team provide excellent care in accordance with all 387 standards set forth by the American College of Surgeons for the care of every injured patient,” says Kelsey Dollar, director of trauma services at Ogden Regional Medical Center.  “The American College of Surgeons Trauma Center Verification validates that care at Ogden Regional Medical Center is up to the highest standards.  Each member of the treatment team here at ORMC is committed to every detail of care, from initial resuscitation in the ED, to the Operating Room, Inpatient Units, through to planning for a successful transition home and back into the community.  We are pleased to now provide continued therapy in our new Acute Rehab Unit.  When the worst happens we are privileged to care for every patient as if they are our own family.” 

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.

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 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 system agencies, such as the local emergency medical services (EMS) authority.

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 (see attachment to this press release). 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.