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Teton Valley Hospital designated as a Trauma Level IV facility

09tvhospital_098After a rigorous application process, Teton Valley Hospital has been approved as a Level IV Trauma Center by the State of Idaho Time Sensitive Emergency Council. This means that the hospital has demonstrated an ability to provide advanced trauma life support.

The State of Idaho began the Level IV designation process in 2014 with a focus on rural hospitals to help improve patient outcomes for one of the top five causes of death in Idaho: trauma. Participation is voluntary.

To earn and maintain the trauma designation, Teton Valley Hospital has bolstered its standardized system of care approach for time sensitive emergencies including trauma, stroke and heart attack. Hospital staff is also required to collect program-specified data for analysis and reporting to the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare and TSE Council.

This is a tremendous accomplishment for Teton Valley Hospital and they are among very few hospitals in the history of Idaho to be awarded this designation by the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare

 

– Christian Surjan, Program Manager for Idaho TSE

“Teton Valley Hospital has earned a reputation for low infection rates and a focus on quality assessments. It’s a facility-wide objective to go beyond what’s required in our delivery of care, and earning this designation fits in perfectly with that objective,” said Keith Gnagey, CEO of Teton Valley Health Care.

Angela Booker, Chief Nursing Officer, added, “All of our RNs working in the ER are certified in the Trauma Nurse Core Course and the Emergency Nurse Pediatric Course. The TSE does not require these courses, however TVHC has had the foresight to institute these trainings over the past ten years as an added resource for our nurses. All of our medical providers are approved for Advanced Trauma Life Support.”

State auditors completed a thorough inspection of Teton Valley Hospital and the E.R. two weeks ago. Approval of the application was given Wednesday, Oct. 12.

Christian Surjan, Program Manager for Idaho TSE, said,  “Teton Valley Hospital has demonstrated their commitment to providing excellent trauma care for their community; this has been highlighted by their recent designation as an Idaho Time Sensitive Emergency System – Level IV Trauma Center.  This is a tremendous accomplishment for Teton Valley Hospital and they are among very few hospitals in the history of Idaho to be awarded this designation by the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare.”

Level IV Trauma Centers are audited every three years for reapplication however, data collection and analysis continues throughout the time period of the approved designation. This continual review process is a guiding principle of the TSE system to ensure that trauma centers have instituted an evidence-based, systemic approach to time-sensitive emergencies. 

For more information about this article, please contact Ann Loyola at (208) 354-6301 or aloyola@tvhcare.org.

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