July 11, 2003
UCSD Trauma Center Receives Level I Verification
From American College of Surgeons' Committee On Trauma
David B. Hoyt, M.D., chief of UCSD Trauma
UCSD Medical Center, Hillcrest, Trauma Center has been verified again as San Diego's Level I trauma center by the Committee on Trauma (COT) of the American College of Surgeons (ACS). This achievement recognizes UCSD Trauma Center's dedication to providing optimal care for injured patients, and demonstrated exceptional competency in a wide variety of specialty areas, including teaching and research.
"We have tried to maintain this status in order to serve the community by fostering teamwork throughout the process of caring for injured patients," said David B. Hoyt, M.D., Professor and chief of Trauma, current President of the American Association for the Surgery of Trauma and Medical Director of Trauma for the American College of Surgeons in Chicago. "Our commitment to excellence in care, treating the next generation of providers and finding new treatments through research is what being a Level I center is all about."Established in 1984, the UCSD Trauma Center has treated over 30,000 patients in the past 19 years, and treated almost 2,000 last year alone.
The UCSD Trauma Center continues in its longstanding rating as a Level I trauma center through many research projects, education and community efforts including:
The ACS Committee on Trauma confirms that a trauma center has demonstrated its commitment to providing the highest quality trauma care for all injured patients. Receiving verification means the UCSD Trauma Center has voluntarily met criteria that assure trauma care capability and institutional performance, by the American College of Surgeons' Committee on Trauma in its current Resources for Optimal Care of the Injured Patient manual. The ACS is a scientific and educational association of surgeons to raise the standards of surgical education and practice and to improve the care of the surgical patient.
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