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Sacred Heart Hospital in Pensacola has been recertified as a Level II Trauma Center by the Florida Bureau of Emergency Medical Oversight. The official certification was awarded this week and is effective through 2024.

A trauma center is a hospital equipped and staffed to provide care for patients suffering from major traumatic injuries such as falls, motor vehicle collisions, or gunshot wounds. Trauma centers require ongoing additional training of physicians, nurses and other support personnel making them uniquely qualified and prepared to care for critically ill patients.

Construction is underway on a $21 million expansion at Sacred Heart Hospital in Pensacola. (Sacred Heart Health System/Special to The Pulse)

Sacred Heart remains the region’s only hospital that is designated as both a Level II Trauma Center and a Pediatric Trauma Center. Sacred Heart also serves parts of Alabama as a Level II Trauma Center. Other local trauma centers include Baptist Hospital in Pensacola, University of South Alabama Medical Center in Mobile. Fort Walton Beach Medical Center was certified as a level II trauma center for the first time last year after a decades-long effort. West Florida Hospital suspended its level II trauma certifications in 2008.

According to the American Trauma Society, trauma centers have a pivotal role in a community’s disaster-response capabilities. Elements of Level II Trauma Centers include:

  • 24-hour immediate coverage by general surgeons, as well as physician specialists to include orthopedic surgery, neurosurgery, anesthesiology, emergency medicine, radiology and critical care.
  • Provides trauma prevention and continuing education programs for staff.
    Incorporates a comprehensive quality assessment program.
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