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Dayton region’s only Trauma 1 hospital re-verified

Staff Photo By Marshall Gorby
Staff Photo By Marshall Gorby

The only Level 1 trauma center in the region just passed the reapproval process it must go through every three years.

Miami Valley Hospital’s trauma center on Main Street near downtown Dayton was first verified in 1992 and has been re-verified every three years since.

A Level 1 trauma center provides the highest level of trauma care available and as a Level I trauma center, the Dayton hospital has to be prepared to manage any type of injury with a full trauma team available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

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Premier Health, which operates the hospital, said in a statement that the Miami Valley Hospital trauma program was re-verified as a Level 1 Trauma Center by a committee with the American College of Surgeons.

“The trauma program involves nearly every aspect of service Miami Valley Hospital provides,” Dr. Peter Ekeh, trauma program medical director, said in a statement. “This re-verification achievement is a team effort; many services come together – emergency medicine, surgery, medical imaging, inpatient units, rehabilitation – to care for the trauma patient.”

Premier stated that verified trauma centers must meet the essential criteria that ensure trauma care capability and institutional performance. There are five separate categories of verification and each category has specific criteria that must be met by a facility seeking that level of verification and each hospital has an on-site review by a team of experienced site reviewers.

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