Delta County Memorial Hospital's trauma program received high marks during a recent review by the Colorado Department of Health and Environment.
Margaret Mohan RN, one of the reviewers with the Colorado State Trauma Program, said at the trauma designation review committee in Denver, "Delta County Memorial Hospital is the model Level IV Trauma program in the State of Colorado and other Level IV hospitals should look to Delta as an example."
The hospital's trauma program centers around the emergency room, but also involves surgery, med-surg, physical therapy, the ICU, radiology and labs. "It's really a team effort," said acting hospital administrator Jason Cleckler.
CDPHE uses ratings from I-IV to designate trauma facilities across the state, Level I being the highest. The state has three "do-it-all" facilities, all located in the Denver metro area. Level V is suitable for a rural clinic that sees urgent care, but typically doesn't have an inpatient setting.
Delta County Memorial Hospital is a Level IV facility, a designation that was renewed for the next three years.
"The review that took place at the end of August was an intensive look at the entire system, to make sure our quality of care and procedures are up to date," Cleckler explained.
The review team commended the hospital for its dedication to the program, the quality of the medical equipment at the facility and the strong support from the hospital board of directors and administrative team.
Cleckler said Misty Sakala, trauma coordinator, deserves the credit for taking the program to the next level, and for organizing and spearheading a successful review.
In addition to commenting on Sakala's excellent work, the reviewers cited the strength of having co-directors Michelle Gordon MD and Laura McCrackin MD as they provide consistent leadership and bring an emergency room and surgical prospective to the program.
Trauma is a preventable event, so the hospital's work in injury prevention was also recognized. The program was noted to be doing great community education through newspaper articles, safety programs and poster campaigns. DCMH has sponsored the Western Colorado Trauma Conference for the past four years, which brings other trauma physicians to Delta County to offer education to the medical community.blog comments powered by Disqus