Carolyn Wyllie-Bronson Corporate Communications, Communications Specialist
Bronson Methodist Hospital Re-Verified as Southwest Michigan’s Only Level I Trauma Center
KALAMAZOO, Mich. – Bronson Methodist Hospital was recently re-verified by the American College of Surgeons (ACS) as a Level I Trauma Center. Level I is the highest ranking a trauma center can achieve. It means the entire hospital has committed itself to the care of trauma patients and has met high standards in both its experience and breadth of service for critically injured adults and children.
First verified as a Level I Trauma Center in 1989, Bronson Methodist Hospital has successfully met the stringent re-verification standards every three years since, and is the only Level I Trauma Center in the region. Verification is granted only after a thorough on-site review that confirms the hospital is providing optimal trauma care.
A trauma is any life-threatening occurrence, either accidental or intentional, that causes injuries. Common causes of trauma include motor vehicle crashes, falls, burns, knife and gunshot wounds and sport or recreational injuries.
Studies show patients treated at a Level I Trauma Center have the best chance of survival and recovery. Bronson staff work closely with community hospitals throughout the region to coordinate the safe, timely transfer of patients who require the expertise and resources available only at a Level I Trauma Center.
“Since joining this team in 2015, I have been continually amazed by this caring group of nurses and providers and not only their commitment to the community, but also their dedication and support of each other,” says Dr. Oreste Romeo, trauma medical director and surgeon at Bronson Methodist Hospital. “Our team includes all area hospitals that refer trauma patients to us along with EMS and first providers. Without their trust, competency and collaboration, we could not provide the high level of care that ACS requires. We also credit the Bronson family culture and administrative support with this great accomplishment.”
Some of the stringent criteria for being named a Level I Trauma Center include:
- 24/7 in-house coverage by general surgeons and prompt availability of care in specialties such as orthopedic surgery, neurosurgery, anesthesiology, emergency medicine, radiology, internal medicine, plastic surgery, pediatrics and critical care
- Referral resource for nearby hospitals
- Leadership in prevention and public education to surrounding communities
- Continuing education for providers and first responders
- Comprehensive quality assessment program
- Organized teaching and research to help direct new innovations in trauma care
In addition to the trauma center and emergency department at Bronson Methodist Hospital in Kalamazoo, the Bronson Healthcare system provides comprehensive services for patients in need of urgent or emergency care at several locations in Calhoun, Kalamazoo and Van Buren counties:
- Bronson Battle Creek Hospital Emergency Department at 300 North Ave., Battle Creek
- Bronson LakeView Hospital Emergency Department at 408 Hazen St., Paw Paw
- Bronson South Haven Hospital Emergency Department at 955 S. Bailey Ave., South Haven
- Bronson Urgent Care at:
o 5352 Beckley Road, Battle Creek
o 970 S. Bailey Ave., South Haven
- Bronson FastCare at:
o 5121 S. Westnedge Ave., Portage
o 6220 W. Main St., Kalamazoo
Bronson Methodist Hospital is also home to southwest Michigan’s only burn center and children’s hospital. Visit bronsonhealth.com/trauma for more information.
Bronson Trauma Team Photo attached: Back row: Sheldon Maltz, MD, FACS; Mark Remmler, PA-C; Scott Davidson, MD; Jon Walsh, MD FACS
Fron row: James Kraatz, MD; Elizabeth D’Angelo, NP; Denise Dayton, PA-C; Oreste Romeo, MD, FACS
About The American College of Surgeons
The American College of Surgeons is a scientific and educational association of surgeons that was founded in 1913 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. Longstanding achievements have placed the ACS in the forefront of American surgery and have made it an important advocate for all surgical patients. Visit facs.org
About Bronson Methodist Hospital
Bronson Methodist Hospital, located at 601 John St. in downtown Kalamazoo, Mich., is the flagship of Bronson Healthcare, a not-for-profit healthcare system serving all of southwest Michigan and northern Indiana. With 434 licensed beds and all-private rooms, Bronson Methodist Hospital provides care in virtually every specialty — cardiology, orthopedics, surgery, emergency medicine, neurology, oncology — with advanced capabilities in critical care as a Level I Trauma Center; in neurological care as a Joint Commission certified Comprehensive Stroke Center; in cardiac care as the region’s first accredited Chest Pain Emergency Center; in obstetrics as the leading BirthPlace and only high-risk pregnancy center in southwest Michigan, and in pediatrics as one of only six children’s hospitals in the state.
Bronson serves the largest percentage of Medicaid patients in the area and provides a substantial benefit to the community through outreach and charitable care. It is the recipient of the 2005 Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award, the nation’s highest presidential honor for quality and organizational performance excellence. In 2009, the hospital received the AHA McKesson Quest for Quality Prize awarded annually to only one U.S. hospital and joined the top five percent of hospitals in the nation to be designated a Magnet Hospital for Nursing Excellence. It is also ranked in the top five percent of hospitals in the nation as a 2016 Healthgrades Distinguished Hospital for Clinical Excellence.