November 13, 2018

Mercy Medical Center again verified as a Level II Trauma Center by American College of Surgeons

The Trauma Center at Mercy Medical Center Emergency Services has again been verified as a Level II Trauma Center by the Verification Review Committee (VRC), an ad hoc committee of the Committee on Trauma (COT) of the American College of Surgeons (ACS). This achievement recognizes Mercy’s dedication to providing optimal care for injured patients.

Able to initiate definitive care for all injured patients, Mercy’s trauma center provides 24-hour immediate coverage by general surgeons and other essential specialties. The hospital also provides trauma prevention and continuing education for staff members, EMS, and the community.

“Exceptional trauma care is one of the most important and essential services Mercy offers to Stark County and beyond,” says Paul Hiltz, president and CEO, Mercy Medical Center. “As part of the hospital’s long-standing mission, we consistently devote both time and resources to ensuring the very best care for trauma patients and their families, as well as to educating people about trauma prevention. This reverification from the ACS is a testament to the hard work and dedication of all employees and physicians who are part of our trauma care team.”

Home to the nation’s first heart catheterization lab located directly in an emergency department, Mercy Emergency Chest Pain Center also holds world-record times for heart attack treatment.

COT is the ACS’ oldest standing committee, established in 1922, and works to improve all phases of care of the injured patient and to prevent injuries before they occur. The COT promotes leadership and cooperation of all participants in a trauma center so that the best possible care will be provided to injured patients and requires the commitment of each facility's surgeons to the improvement of trauma care. 

About the American College of Surgeons
The American College of Surgeons is a scientific and educational organization of surgeons that was founded in 1913 to raise the standards of surgical practice and improve the quality of care for all surgical patients. The College is dedicated to the ethical and competent practice of surgery. Its achievements have significantly influenced the course of scientific surgery in America and have established it as an important advocate for all surgical patients. The College has more than 80,000 members and is the largest organization of surgeons in the world. For more information, visit facs.org.

About Mercy Medical Center
Mercy Medical Center, a ministry of the Sisters of Charity Health System, operates a 476-bed hospital serving Stark, Carroll, Wayne, Holmes and Tuscarawas Counties and parts of Southeastern Ohio. It has 620 members on its Medical Staff and employs 2,500 people. Mercy operates outpatient health centers in Alliance, Carroll County, Jackson Township, Lake Township, Louisville, Massillon, North Canton, Plain Township and Tuscarawas County. A Catholic hospital, Mercy Medical Center upholds the mission and philosophy of the Sisters of Charity of St. Augustine and continues to be responsive to the needs of the community. For more information, see cantonmercy.org.

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