Ministry Good Samaritan Completes Trauma Classification Review

Ministry Good Samaritan Health Center in Merrill has successfully completed its review for classification as a Level IV Trauma Care Facility by the state of Wisconsin.

Staff from the Wisconsin Department of Health Services reviewed the hospital in an onsite visit recently and their summary report commended Ministry Good Samaritan for its administrative support of the emergency department, strong medical staff oversight and supervision along with exceptional trauma prevention efforts with local Emergency Medical System (EMS) partners.

Ministry Good Samaritan’s Level IV Classification is good for three-years.

“Providing high quality trauma care is a true team effort and demonstrates the ability of our facility and local EMS partners to provide this level of care to people in our area when they need it most,” said Robyn Schertz, M.D., medical director of emergency services at Ministry Good Samaritan. “This review not only provides reassurance to our community and staff, it also provides valuable insight to share across all levels of our operations.”

Wisconsin’s integrated system of trauma identifies hospitals as trauma care facilities by using four levels. This system recognizes that all hospitals in Wisconsin play an important role in providing optimal treatment to the injured patient. It is imperative that patients are delivered in a timely manner to the closest appropriate hospital matching resources to the needs of the severely injured patient.

“We very much appreciate our relationship with Ministry Good Samaritan,” said Merrill Fire Chief Dave Savone. “The backbone of EMS services is a strong partnership with our community hospital and we have worked hard together to strengthen services for the benefit of our community.”

The following defines each level for Trauma Care Facilities:

Level I: Hospital provides leadership and total care for every aspect of traumatic injury from prevention through rehabilitation, including research. (Example: University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics in Madison)

Level II: Hospital provides the initial definitive trauma care regardless of the severity of injury but differs from Level I in teaching and research capability. (Example: Ministry Saint Joseph’s Hospital, Marshfield)

Level III: Hospital provides assessment, resuscitation, stabilization, and emergency surgery and arranges transfer to a level I or II facility for definitive surgical and intensive care as necessary. (Example: Ministry Saint Clare’s Hospital, Weston)

Level IV: Facility provides stabilization and advanced trauma life support prior to patient transfer to a Level I, II or III. (Example: Ministry Good Samaritan, Merrill)

Unclassified: Hospital that has chosen not to be part of the Trauma Care System or has not been approved as a Level I, II, III or IV.

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