RIPLEY - Jackson General Hosptial has been recovnized as a Level IV Trauma facility.

“We are honored to announce verification of attaining a designation as a Level IV Trauma Facility from the West Virginia Department of Health & Human Resources Bureau for Public Health Office of Emergency Medical Services,” stated Stephanie McCoy, President/CEO. “This achievement recognizes Jackson General Hospital’s extraordinary dedication and commitment to improvement in the care of trauma patients. “

Dr. Carl Overmiller stated, “over three years ago we started this journey.  Many hours were spent to improve all departments in the hospital with the sole purpose of improving our care to the trauma patient. New and updated equipment has been bought and placed into service.  Hospital and regional policies have been written and implemented and all trauma patients’ charts are reviewed to look for areas of improvement. Combined meetings with local EMS, our hospital, and regional trauma centers occur to review trauma patients and their outcomes to better improve pre-hospital and hospital treatment.” 

A Level IV Trauma Center is a facility which provides advanced trauma life support prior to patient transfer in remote areas where no higher level of care is available. It is the de facto primary care provider. The process of becoming recognized as Level IV is extremely thorough and requires a detailed review of many departments: the Emergency Center, Operating Room, Recovery Room, Critical Care units, surgical unit, Lab and Radiology. Treatment protocols for resuscitation, transfer protocols, data reporting, and participation in system performance improvement (PI) are essential.

“As the Deputy State Medical Director responsible for the over site of hospitals throughout the state of West Virginia, I am proud that Jackson General Hospital trauma program has met the rigorous requirements for a Level VI Trauma Facility,” stated Dr. Kappel, MD

Traumatic injury affects over 37 million people every year in the United States. In addition, it remains the leading cause of death and disability for Americans age one through forty-four. Because of this stunning statistic, it is vital that community hospitals provide a high level of trauma care in the communities that rely upon them.

Dr. Edward Stewart stated, “we are very proud of this accomplishment. Obtaining and maintaining this designation assures our patients that we are providing the very best care and that this care is monitored by a rigorous process designed to help identify and implement quality improvements for our care of the injured patient.”