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WakeMed Receives Level I Trauma Center Re-designation

RALEIGH, N.C. (May 15, 2013) – More than 3,200 patients were treated at WakeMed’s Level I Trauma Center in 2012, receiving urgent and complex care services immediately upon arrival. As one of the busiest trauma centers in North Carolina, WakeMed is proud to announce its Level I renewal, the highest designation awarded to trauma centers.

Yesterday, the North Carolina Office of Emergency Medical Services (NCOEMS) officially renewed the WakeMed Trauma Program’s designation as a Level 1 Trauma Center, following a site visit conducted by a team of in-state and out-of-state surveyors. The re-designation is for a four-year period. The comprehensive visit included facility tours, chart reviews, extensive interviews and an in-depth examination of all processes related to WakeMed trauma services. The state noted many strengths of WakeMed’s Trauma Program in its report, and cited zero deficiencies.

WakeMed’s trauma program has grown steadily in the last 25 years, seeing a 93% increase in trauma patient volume in the past decade.

“Delivering superior trauma care is not only our responsibility, but our privilege,” commented Dr. Bill Atkinson, president and CEO. “This re-designation exemplifies WakeMed’s commitment to trauma care and validates our expertise, experience and teamwork as a leader in this field.”

WakeMed first earned designation as Wake County’s only Level I Trauma Center in 2006. As just one of six Level I Trauma Centers in the state, WakeMed continues to set the standard in trauma care in the community and the region under the leadership of Dr. Osi Udekwu, WakeMed’s Trauma Director. WakeMed’s Trauma Center provides sophisticated and multi-disciplinary care and serves as a regional referral site for the most critically injured.

“WakeMed is home to an amazing trauma administrative team that coordinates the delivery of complex and urgent care to the most severely injured patients in Wake County and surrounding communities,” added Dr. Osi Udekwu. “The people of WakeMed are the heart of our hospital system, and allow WakeMed to contribute considerably to trauma care, a significant public health issue.”

In addition to strong leadership, vision and commitment to trauma, the report cited WakeMed’s robust trauma program staff including clinical team members, physicians, researchers and support staff. It also cited the following:

• Excellent collaboration among area EMS providers, Trauma Service, Emergency Department and all the sub-specialty team members who care for trauma patients
• WakeMed’s outstanding disaster preparedness program
• State-of-the-art equipment, training techniques and facilities, including the Center for Innovative Learning and simulation trainings
• Staff involvement in trauma system endeavors and regional system development
• WakeMed’s Physician Assistant residency program
• WakeMed’s commitment to injury prevention, education and outreach

About WakeMed Health & Hospitals
WakeMed Health & Hospitals is a private, not-for-profit health care organization based in Raleigh, N.C. The 870-bed system comprises a network of health care facilities throughout Wake and Johnston Counties. Centers of excellence include cardiac and vascular care, women’s and children’s services, physical rehab, emergency and trauma, orthopedics, neurosciences, home care and numerous wellness and community outreach programs. WakeMed’s team of 8,300 employees, 1,000 volunteers, more than 1,000 affiliated physicians, and 150 physicians employed by WakeMed Physician Practices serve the residents of North Carolina using the most advanced technologies to ensure the finest in health care. For more information, visit www.wakemed.org.

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