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UH Parma Medical Center officially designated as a Level III Trauma Center | #healthcare | #elderly | #seniors


PARMA, Ohio — Exactly two years after it was first given provisional status, UH Parma Medical Center recently was verified as a Level III Trauma Center by the American College of Surgeons (ACS).

In layman’s terms, this means the Powers Boulevard facility can provide care to the majority of patients sustaining minor to moderate injuries, as well as promptly assess and stabilize those with severe injuries requiring a higher level of care prior to transfer to UH’s Level I Adult and Pediatric Trauma Center at the main campus.

“We’re extremely happy to have the designation, which took a couple years of hard work to get there,” UH Parma Medical Center Trauma Medical Director Dr. David Linz said. “With Parma being a part of the UH system, the initiative across the system was to all have the community hospitals be able to provide comprehensive care in the community.

“One of UH’s tenets is that the community hospitals can keep most of the patients. So this just helps provide a higher level of care for any patient really in the Parma area.”

Linz said studies reveal an estimated 85 percent of injured patients could be treated at their local community hospital if it’s certified for trauma care.

“Our most common injury by far in Parma involves falls by elderly patients,” Linz said. “As you know, America is aging and, particularly, Parma is a very elderly population. So if an elderly patient falls and has hip and rib fractures, maybe a concussion or a contusion on the brain that’s low level, in the past those patients would be transferred out. Now they can stay because we have the trauma program.”

Level III Trauma Center designation requires continuous coverage by general surgery; access to multiple specialties, including surgeons who can cover orthopedics, neurosurgery, thoracic and ENT; ability to manage the majority of injured patients; active prevention outreach with referring communities; continuous trauma education for nurses, physicians and allied health care workers; and transfer agreements with Level I and Level II trauma hospitals for patients that exceed its patient care resources.

“It is an absolute honor to be the first-ever ACS-accredited trauma hospital in the city — a huge benefit to our patients and first responders in the communities we serve,” said UH Parma Medical Center Trauma Coordinator at UH Parma Jack Myers, RN, in a press release.

“This upgrade in emergency services gives us the ability to keep more patients closer to home, providing more personalized health care and enhancing our already robust complement of comprehensive services. Being a Level III Trauma Center also allows our EMS to return more quickly to serving our residents and responding to 911 calls.”

The Level III Trauma Center designation also means UH Parma Medical Center nurses in the emergency department, ICU, surgery and post-surgical recovery floors have received specialized training in trauma care.

Since Parma Community General Hospital became UH Parma Medical Center in 2014, University Hospitals has invested $80 million into the facility.

It’s been quite a year for the UH Parma Medical Center, which not only was busy with a $27.5 million expansion and renovation but also added a high-tech Vinci Xi robot for surgery.

Looking ahead to what’s coming down the road for UH Parma Medical Center, Linz said there’s talk of creating a women’s health center.

“UH has been very beneficial for Parma with regional guidance and financial support to be able to do these different programs,” Linz said.

“All of these accomplishments have just risen the entire level in quality of care at UH Parma, where there’s definitely a ripple effort across the whole hospital with an increase of the level of care, availability and quality of care. It’s been a real positive thing for the hospital.”

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