After three-plus years of waiting and adjusting, Newman Regional Health is now officially a Level IV Trauma Center.
The word came Tuesday morning from the Kansas Department of Health and Environment. Emergency Department Director Damian O'Keefe was grateful -- and relieved -- after what he called several years of hard work towards this end.
Trauma Program Manager Bridget Camien says this is a big announcement -- both for the hospital and also for patients needing trauma services in Lyon and surrounding counties.
The American Trauma Society says Level IV Trauma Centers have demonstrated an ability to provide advanced trauma life support to patients before they get transferred to higher-level centers. Level IV centers have 24-hour lab availability as well as physicians and nurses available on patient arrival. They also can provide surgery and critical-care services if available, and there are transfer agreements in place with Level I and Level II centers. O'Keefe says Newman Regional Health has been operating as if it was a trauma center for most of the application period.
Eventually, the hospital could seel Level III status, meaning 24-hour immediate coverage by emergency doctors and back-up care for other rural and community hospitals.