HANCOCK — The Portage Health Trauma Center has again been verified by the American College of Surgeons (ACS) as a Level III Trauma Center. Portage Health is one of only two trauma centers in Michigan to receive this verification, and is the only one in the Upper Peninsula.
“Our focus has always been, and will continue to be, on quality,” said Jim Bogan, president/CEO of the hospital. “The ACS recognizes this, and has once again validated our efforts to provide the highest quality healthcare possible.”
The re-verification comes from the ACS’s committee on trauma, and is meant to recognize the trauma center’s dedication to providing optimal care for injured patients. All ACS verified trauma centers complete an on-site review by an experienced team who use the latest ACS guidelines.
“This isn’t something we have to do, this is something we choose to do” Bogan said. “This proves to ourselves, and our patients that we’re providing top-level care.”
There are a total of 32 trauma centers in Michigan recognized by the ACS, which includes three levels. Marquette General (Level II) is the only other verified U.P. hospital.
“We spend a lot of time making sure everything we do will help us provide optimal care for our patients,” said Vicki Peterson, unit manager of the emergency department. “The guidelines are strict, and everyone in our department, along with every member of our trauma team is proud to see that we continue to be recognized by the ACS.”
The ACS verification is for three years. Portage Health has now been verified three times, 2007, 2010, 2013. Learn more about the verification process and see a full list of verified hospitals nationwide at facs.org/trauma.