Level I Trauma Center Designation is Renewed for Wake Forest Baptist

May 19, 2010

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center’s Level I trauma center designation has been renewed by the state Office of Emergency Medical Services (OEMS) and the Committee on Trauma of the American College of Surgeons.

The Level I designation is awarded to hospitals that demonstrate the highest commitment to caring for injured patients.

“This Level I achievement recognizes the trauma center's dedication to providing the most advanced, up-to-date and highest quality care in the case of major or life-threatening injury,” said Michael Chang, M.D., director of trauma services.

The state OEMS team reviewed all aspects of Wake Forest Baptist from AirCare and the Emergency Department, to operating rooms and rehabilitation.

“Your trauma program’s strengths, as cited in the site visit report, are testimony to North Carolina Baptist Hospital’s ongoing commitment to a quality trauma program,” said Nadine Pfeiffer, R.N., assistant chief of the OEMS office in her notification letter.

The Level I trauma center designation was renewed for the maximum four-year period. Wake Forest Baptist first received Level I designation in 1982.

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