The Emergency Department at Montrose Memorial Hospital is staffed 24 hours a day by Board Certified Emergency Medicine Physicians and registered nurses who are certified in Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS), Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) and in Trauma Care.
State of Colorado Designates MMH as a Level III Trauma Center
On March 23, 2010, Montrose Memorial Hospital had a successful on-site Level III Trauma Center review by the State of Colorado. The reviewers noted no deficiencies and no items met with reservations at the review. Since MMH met all of the criteria, MMH received an automatic recommendation from the Designation Review Committee to advance to a Level III Trauma Center. Factors considered in the determination of the designation included the hospital’s application, the evaluation of the trauma care delivered over the past twelve months, the best interests of the trauma patients and how MMH integrates into the statewide emergency medical and trauma system. MMH is the only Level III Trauma Center in this region.
The difference between the previous Level IV Trauma designation and a Level III Trauma designation is significant. Level III Centers must have Board Certified Emergency physicians in the emergency department at all times. We must also have a general surgeon available within 20 minutes of a trauma notification, as well as orthopaedic surgeons. A Level III quality assurance program is very extensive and a trauma committee oversees the care of every trauma patient that comes to our hospital. As a Level III, we are also required to participate in injury prevention activities and community education to reduce the incidence of injuries.