RANSON, W.Va. — WVU Medicine Jefferson Medical Center has been granted recertification of permanent designation as a Level IV trauma center by the Office of Emergency Medical Services of the Department of Health and Human Resources.
To be a designated trauma center, a facility must have resources immediately available to provide efficient surgical and medical intervention. The Office of Emergency Medical Services assigns trauma center designations ranging from Level I to Level IV based on the results of an application process and site visit. Currently, 34 facilities in West Virginia are designated.
As a Level IV Trauma Center, Jefferson Medical Center provides evaluation, stabilization and diagnostic capabilities for injured patients. The hospital has transfer agreements with other regional trauma centers for patients who require more comprehensive care.
“We are honored to continue to provide trauma care to the people of our community,” Denise Carter, nurse director of emergency and trauma services at Jefferson Medical Center, said in a news release. “Maintaining a Level IV designations requires commitment from our staff and the entire organization. … This designation is the result of the hard work and dedication of numerous members of the emergency department and trauma program. No one expects to need these services, but it is comforting to know expert care is available close to home when you need it most.”