STANFORD, CA (August 1, 2013) – Stanford Hospital & Clinics
and Lucile Packard Children's Hospital have been re-verified as a
Level I adult trauma center—and newly verified as Level I pediatric
trauma center—by the American College of Surgeons. Verification by the
American College of Surgeons (ACS) is the highest possible ranking for
trauma centers and recognizes dedication to providing optimal care for
Lucile Packard Children's Hospital is the only Level I pediatric
trauma center verified by the ACS in the San Francisco Bay Area and
Stanford Hospital & Clinics is the only Level I trauma center
between San Francisco and San Jose.
Level I verification recognizes the hospitals' ability to provide
round-the-clock care for patients with the most serious trauma
injuries, from admission through rehabilitation and follow-up care.
Stanford Hospital & Clinics became a trauma center in 1986, and
since 1998 has been recognized as a Level I Trauma Center.
"At Stanford, saving the lives of our patients and helping them
through their road to recovery is our primary focus," said David Spain,
MD, chief of trauma and critical care surgery at Stanford and
professor of surgery at the Stanford School of Medicine.
"Re-verification of our trauma center is a result of our team's
collective efforts to provide comprehensive trauma services, and
affirms our commitment to continually improving the level of care we provide."
For Stanford and Packard Children's, the Level I verification for
the pediatric trauma center was concurrent with Level I designation by
the Santa Clara County Emergency Medical Services Agency. The
Verification Review Committee, an ad hoc committee of the Committee on
Trauma of the ACS, conducts onsite reviews of trauma centers. The ACS
does not designate trauma centers. Rather, it provides confirmation
that a trauma center has demonstrated its commitment to providing the
highest quality trauma care for all injured patients. In California,
trauma centers are designated by their local Emergency Medical
"Lucile Packard Children's Hospital's capabilities for
delivering nation-leading, innovative care to the most critically ill
patients has allowed us to deliver the highest quality care to
traumatically injured children," said Karl Sylvester,
MD, pediatric trauma medical director and associate professor of
surgery and pediatrics at the Stanford School of Medicine. "We
are delighted that our concerted efforts—including the quantity and
quality of pediatric research we do—toward providing trauma care 24/7
has been now been recognized by the American College of Surgeons verification."
A Level I Trauma Center provides access to:
- Trauma surgeons and emergency medicine doctors who are always
in the hospital
- Coordinated response from all needed
specialty medical staff
- Neurosurgical and neurological care
for severely injured patients
- Pediatric surgeons 24 hours a
- Pediatric Intensive Care Unit for the special needs of
children with serious illness or injury
- Operating rooms
equipped and ready at all times
The ACS is a scientific and educational association of surgeons that
was founded to raise the standards of surgical education and practice
and to improve the care of the surgical patient. The College has over
72,000 members and it is the largest association of surgeons in the world.