Mt. Shasta, CA. - October 17, 2019 - he trauma center at Mercy Medical Center Mt. Shasta has been verified as a Level III Trauma Center of the American College of Surgeons (ACS). This achievement recognizes the trauma center’s dedication to providing optimal care for injured patients.
Verified trauma centers must meet the essential criteria that ensure trauma care capability and institutional performance. There are five separate categories of verification in the Committee on Trauma’s Program. Each category has specific criteria that must be met by a facility seeking that level of verification
“This verification means that we have the resources to provide emergency resuscitation, surgery and intensive care to our patients. It is very unusual for a critical access hospital to attain a Level III verification from ACS,” said Barbara Clark, Mercy Medical Center Mt. Shasta Trauma Program Manager. “Since we serve a large rural area, we recognized the need and made this investment for the good of our communities.”
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.
# # #
About Dignity Health North State
Mercy Medical Center Redding, St. Elizabeth Community Hospital in Red Bluff, and Mercy Medical Center Mt. Shasta are Dignity Health North State hospitals sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy of Auburn. The hospitals are passionate about patient care, committed to community outreach, advocates for the underserved, and dedicated to delivering quality, affordable health services to those in need. In 2019, the Dignity Health North State Hospitals cared for more than 90,000 people and provided more than $22 million in community benefit to the region we serve. The hospitals also offer a broad array of outpatient services and the senior services of Connected Living. Visit www.mercy.org to learn more.