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Trauma Center

Verified Trauma Center by the American College of Surgeons

The St. Elizabeth Medical Center (SEMC) began its New York State Designated Area Trauma Center on Friday, March 9, 1987. In 2012, the American College of Surgeons took over the process for designating trauma centers in New York State with the oversight of the Department of Health. The MVHS Trauma Center's verification visit took place in 2014 and St. Elizabeth Campus was successful! In April 2019, the Trauma Center was re-verified as a Level III trauma center. Our dedicated staff is committed to caring for the most severely injured patients in the community 24 hours a day. There is an average of 700 patients treated at the Trauma Center per year. Read more about the achievement in the MVHS Downtown Blog.

For a trauma victim, the first hours after an injury are when an accident victim’s chance of survival are greatest and is the time when any treatment for injury will be most effective. Prompt, effective medical care becomes a critical priority.

  • Risk of death is higher when severely injured patients are treated at non-trauma centers when compared to trauma designated centers.
  • When minutes count, SEMC’s specially trained trauma team is ready to care for the patient as soon as they arrive.

Our Trauma Center

  • Has 24-hour trauma coverage by general surgeons and other specialty services.
  • Has X-ray and ultrasound equipment in the trauma bay, and CT and MRI equipment is available on site.
  • Provides community awareness and education programs for injury prevention.
  • For more information about preventing injuries, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
  • For a home fall prevention checklist for older adults, please visit: CDC.gov.
  • Hosts an annual Trauma Symposium which is a day-long educational program focused on a multidisciplinary approach for trauma care and awareness.
  • Ensures that the trauma team is educated, trained, and credentialed to comply with best practices and provide superior care to our trauma patients, including Trauma Nursing Core Course (TNCC), Emergency Nursing Pediatric Course (ENPC), and Advanced Trauma Life Support (ATLS).
  • Utilizes a quality improvement program for a continuous evaluation of the program and searches for opportunities to better serve our community.