Minnesota’s first Level I Pediatric Trauma Center reverified

Level I Trauma Center for Children at Regions Hospital and Gillette Children’s Specialty Healthcare provides highest level of critical care

ST. PAUL, Minn.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- The American College of Surgeons has again verified Regions Hospital and Gillette Children’s Specialty Healthcare as a Level I Pediatric Trauma Center. A collaborative effort between Regions and Gillette, which share the same campus, the program first received Level I Pediatric Trauma Center verification in 2009, making it Minnesota’s first such facility and one of only three in the state.

At Regions and Gillette’s Level I Trauma Center for Children, a combined team of pediatric specialists provides immediate stabilization and coordinated intervention through Regions’ emergency department and Gillette’s Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU). Many children later transfer to Gillette’s inpatient rehabilitation program, which is one of only three pediatric facilities in the region recognized by the Commission for Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities.

“When children are critically injured, every minute counts,” says Dr. Michael McGonigal, HealthPartners physician and medical director of the trauma program. “Our combined Level I designation means that patients will benefit from the on-site emergency services, and specialized pediatric resources necessary to receive the best care available in the fastest time possible.”

Reverification, required every three years, ensures that Level I Pediatric Trauma Centers continue to meet specific guidelines, including the availability of pediatric critical care and subspecialty physicians. The unique nature of the Regions-Gillette partnership, including support of the pediatric trauma program by both organizations, was cited by the American College of Surgeons verification team as a major strength.

“Our collaborative relationship played a critical role in our initial verification and now, our reverification, as a Level I Pediatric Trauma Center,” says Margaret Perryman, president and chief executive officer, Gillette Children’s Specialty Healthcare. “We look forward to continuing to work with Regions to provide seamless pediatric critical care across our organizations.”

The Level I Trauma Center for Children has seen a 21.5 percent increase in pediatric patients since it began in 2009 increasing from 409 inpatients to 521. Overall, more than 6,000 pediatric patients a year are cared for in the Emergency Center or trauma program every year. The top five causes of injury in the last three years are: falls; sports injuries; motor vehicle accidents; motor vehicle accidents including pedestrians or bicyclists; and skiing/snowboarding/snow tubing injuries.

Regions received its initial American College of Surgeons verification as a Level I Trauma Center in 1993. In partnership with Gillette, it became the first Trauma Center in the upper Midwest to be verified as a Level I Pediatric Trauma Center in 2009. Regions is also an ACS-verified burn center and a Level I Adult Trauma Center.

About Regions Hospital
Regions Hospital is a Level I Trauma Center and teaching hospital serving Minnesota and western Wisconsin for more than 130 years. Regions is a private, non-profit hospital providing outstanding care in women’s health, heart, cancer, surgery, orthopaedics, neuroscience, burn, emergency care and more. Regions is part of the HealthPartners family of care. Additional information is available at regionshospital.com.

About Gillette Children’s Specialty Healthcare
Gillette, an independent, not-for-profit hospital and clinics, is internationally recognized for its work in the diagnosis and treatment of children and young adults who have disabilities or complex medical needs, such as cerebral palsy, orthopedic conditions, craniofacial anomalies, neurological conditions, brain and spinal-cord injuries, spina bifida and juvenile arthritis. Gillette’s mission is to help children, adults and their families improve their health, achieve greater well-being, and enjoy life. For more information, visit www.gillettechildrens.org.



CONTACT:

Gillette Children’s Specialty Healthcare
Cate Pardo
651-229-1764 / 651-755-0185
or
Regions Hospital
Carly Morris
952-883-5252 / 651-629-0411

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