MARYSVILLE, Calif., June 4, 2014 – Rideout Memorial Hospital has received official verification of its Trauma Program from the American College of Surgeons (ACS), it was announced today by Rideout Health. Rideout's Emergency Department is a Level III Trauma Center, STEMI-receiving Center, and base hospital, as designated by the Sierra-Sacramento Valley Emergency Medical Services Agency, the joint powers authority responsible for emergency services in ten northern California counties, including Yuba and Sutter. While all hospitals with trauma centers must be so designated by the authority for their region, fewer than 50 hospitals anywhere in California have had their trauma programs verified by the ACS.
The new verification came after a two-day visit and Verification Survey of Rideout's emergency and trauma facilities, protocols and procedures, which was conducted in April by two trauma surgeon-specialists representing the American College of Surgeons' Committee on Trauma.
"This is a significant step for our organization and for our community, as it is official confirmation that our hospital has met the high standards established by the American College of Surgeons, the best in class of trauma programs," said Rideout Health CEO Terri Hamilton. "The surveyors, trauma surgeons themselves, could clearly see the work done over the past year in training, resource development and process improvement to better serve trauma victims," she added.
Rideout Memorial averages 55,000 visits to its Emergency Department annually. During calendar year 2013, the hospital recorded almost 1,000 trauma activations, nearly a third of which involved patients requiring hospitalization. If the first quarter of 2014 is any indication – 365 activations in these three months alone – officials predict they are on trend for even more activity this year.
The new helipad just installed atop the new hospital building that will open in early fall 2015 will allow the Rideout Regional Medical Center to accept victims from even farther afield.
In addition to its established "trauma track," part of the triage system that speeds patients with potentially life-threatening injuries or conditions to be seen quickly by clinicians, Rideout recently introduced a new greeters station in the ED's lobby to further streamline service to those seeking medical assistance.