Winona Health’s Emergency Department recently earned a level IV trauma designation from the state of Minnesota. The Emergency Department team participated in an intense designation process to become part of Minnesota’s state-wide trauma system.
“Earning this designation means that we’ve demonstrated that we’re able to get trauma patients the level of care they need quickly,” said Brett Whyte, MD, Winona Health’s medical chief for Emergency Services and medical director for Winona Area Ambulance Service. “For example, head injuries are immediately transferred to Level I trauma centers and general surgical emergencies are handled here.”
Dr. Whyte also noted that all of Winona Health’s Emergency Department physicians manage trauma cases using consistent, evidenced-based processes and they have completed advanced training in current trauma management.
The designation process included an outside review of the hospital’s resources and capabilities to care for trauma patients. Winona Health met standards of commitment, clinical and equipment resources and staff training. Winona Health also participates in a continuous performance improvement process.
“The significant effort put toward this designation was a priority for our organization,” acknowledged Beth Poulin, trauma coordinator and manager of Emergency and Urgent Care Services. “It demonstrates Winona Health’s commitment to providing consistent, quality care to our community.”