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September 2008 Issue

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University Hospital Re-Verified as Tristate's Only Level-I Trauma Center

Published September 2008

University Hospital (UH) was recently re-verified as a level-I trauma center for adult care by the American College of Surgeons (ACS) National Committee on Trauma (COT).

This re-verification recognizes the hospital’s continuing dedication to provide optimal care for injured patients. UH, which was awarded a full, three-year level-I trauma center reverification, is the only level-I adult trauma center in the Greater Cincinnati area.

The hospital has maintained uninterrupted level-I status since its initial verification in February 1997.

Verification affirms that an evaluated facility possesses a wide variety of required services, receives 1,200 or more trauma admissions per year, maintains readiness to treat trauma patients with specialized care 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, and dedicates staff and resources to trauma readiness as outlined in the ACS’ manual, “Resources for Optimal Care of the Injured Patient.”

UH underwent an on-site review by a COT team of experienced trauma surgeons, who confirmed that the hospital met or exceeded the ACS standards. A full breakdown of the COT’s level-I criteria is available by visiting

“We are delighted with the recent successful re-verification of University Hospital as the region’s only level-I adult trauma center,” says Jay Johannigman, MD, director of the trauma and critical care division at UC and trauma surgeon at UH.

“The re-verification visit by the American College of Surgeons represents the highest level of approval and endorses the efforts of University Hospital’s many professionals,” continues Johannigman.

“The combined efforts of the trauma care professionals at University Hospital assure the very best care for the region. We are proud to have this confirmed by the review team from the American College of Surgeons.”

The ACS, founded in 1913, is a scientific and educational association of surgeons. University Hospital serves as the official teaching hospital of the UC College of Medicine. The hospital provides primary care and specialized inpatient and outpatient services to more than 500,000 patients per year.

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