ST. LOUIS - Barnes-Jewish Hospital has been reverified as a nationally recognized Level 1 Trauma Center by the American College of Surgeons (ACS). The new verification will be in effect until February 2018.
A Level 1 Trauma Center is the highest level of trauma care available. Barnes-Jewish was initially verified as an ACS Level 1 Trauma Center in 1996. Every three years, a review is required to maintain the verification.
There are four categories of verification identified by the ACS Committee on Trauma: Level I, II, III and IV, each with specific criteria.
A Level I Trauma Center is capable of providing total care for every aspect of injury – from prevention through rehabilitation. Key elements of a Level I Trauma Center include:
- 24-hour in-house coverage by general surgeons
- Prompt availability of care in specialties such as orthopedic surgery, neurosurgery, anesthesiology, emergency medicine, radiology, internal medicine and critical care
- Other capabilities including cardiac, hand, pediatric, microvascular surgery and hemodialysis
- Providing leadership in prevention, public education and continuing education of the trauma team members.
- A commitment to continued improvement through a comprehensive quality assessment program and an organized research effort to help direct new innovations in trauma care
Barnes-Jewish is also a designated Level I Trauma Center in the states of Missouri and Illinois.
About Barnes-Jewish Hospital
Barnes-Jewish Hospital is a 1,315 bed teaching hospital affiliated with Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, Mo. The hospital has a 1,763 member medical staff, with many recognized as "Best Doctors in America." Barnes-Jewish is a member of BJC HealthCare, which provides a full range of health care services through its 12 hospitals and more than 100 health care sites in Missouri and Illinois.
Kara Price Shannon