Backspin Volume 3, Issue 8 - Page 28

healthspin North Oaks Medical Center Achieves Designation as Level II Trauma Center When a 30-year-old Husser man hit a bump on a pathway and fell from his golf cart, he suffered serious head injuries and was brought to North Oaks Medical Center’s Shock Trauma Center. The man was one of several patients who received critical injuries and was brought to North Oaks for specialized care. The commitment and care provided to them – and hundreds of other patients like them – have earned North Oaks official verification from the American College of Surgeons (ACS) Committee on Trauma (COT), and designation from the Louisiana Department of Health, as a Level II Trauma Center North Oaks Medical Center Administrator Michele Sutton, FACHE, made the declaration official at a ceremony on July 27, noting that the hospital began working toward becoming a Level II trauma center in 2012. “This achievement recognizes the trauma center’s dedication to providing optimal care for injured patients as well as a voluntary commitment to meet criteria established by the ACS,” Sutton explains. The announcement follows completion of a comprehensive onsite visit by members of the ACS committee in which the North Oaks Shock Trauma Center was praised for its qualifications, commitment and involvement in state and national trauma systems. Louisiana has one of the highest rates of trauma in the nation, and Tangipahoa Parish ranks in the top 20 parishes experiencing the most trauma cases in the state. The majority of trauma patients treated at North Oaks have been victims of ATV and motor vehicle crashes, falls, homicide attempts and purposely inflicted injuries. Sutton points out that North Oaks is the first Level