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May 3, 2013

Mount Clemens hospital ‘verified’ for trauma care

By Julie Snyder
C & G Staff Writer

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Mount Clemens hospital ‘verified’ for trauma care
Dr. Mandip Atwal, co-medical director of Trauma Servicesat McLaren Macomb in Mount Clemens, said teamwork among doctors and nurses and staff is why the medical facility is recognized for achievements.

MOUNT CLEMENS — Macomb County’s youngest medical facility is living up to its reputation as one of the area’s leading trauma care facilities.

McLaren Macomb hospital has been re-verified as a Level II Trauma Center by the American College of Surgeons (ACS).

According to McLaren Macomb officials, this achievement demonstrates the medical facility’s commitment to provide the highest level of care to surrounding communities by meeting the strict guidelines and standards set forth by the ACS.

The ACS Verification Review Committee, a subcommittee of the Committee on Trauma (COT), originally verified McLaren Macomb as a Level II Trauma Center in 2010. The achievement recognized McLaren Macomb’s dedication to providing the best care for injured patients, making it Macomb County’s first verified Trauma Center.

McLaren Macomb’s comprehensive and specialized approach to trauma care is overseen by board-certified surgeons with extensive experience and training in the care of injured patients.

“Our success as a trauma center is due to the tremendous teamwork among our physicians providing a multi-disciplinary approach for excellent and complete care of our trauma patients,” said Mandip Atwal, doctor and co-medical director of Trauma Services at McLaren Macomb. “The coordinated efforts among our entire staff, including physicians, nurses, technicians, transporters, therapists, pharmacists and administration, recognize the importance of providing specialized trauma care to our injured patients, which is done on a daily basis.”

Atwal said as the first verified trauma center in Macomb County, McLaren’s re-verification means that the medical facility, located at 1000 Harrington in Mount Clemens, will “continue to maintain the high quality standards of care required by the ACS.”

“Our trauma team is in-house and available 24/7, every day to ensure the best care for injured patients, with a trauma surgeon available at all times,” he said. “Our trauma team also includes first-responders. Macomb County has some of the very best EMS personnel, which we should all be proud of and thankful for.”

Diane Kish, media representative for McLaren Macomb, said that 1,785 trauma patients were treated by the trauma team at McLaren Macomb in 2012.

Mount Clemens Regional Medical Center became a part of the McLaren Health Care system in 2006 and officially changed its name to McLaren Macomb in January 2012. It is a 288-bed acute care hospital with more than 400 physicians and nearly 2,000 employees, making it one of Macomb County’s top employers.

The hospital provides a full gamut of services, including cancer and cardiovascular care. McLaren officials say that, as Macomb County’s first verified trauma center, the hospital operates the busiest emergency department in Macomb County and is also an accredited chest-pain center.

Verified trauma centers must meet the strict criteria that ensure trauma care capability and institutional performance, as outlined by COT. The COT’s Consultation Verification Program for Hospitals promotes the development of trauma centers in which participants provide not only the hospital resources necessary for trauma care, but also the entire spectrum of care to address the needs of all injured patients. This range of care includes the pre-hospital phase through the rehabilitation process.

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. With 72,000 members, the ACS is largest association of surgeons in the world.

You can reach C & G Staff Writer Julie Snyder at jsnyder@candgnews.com or at (586)498-1039.