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For Immediate Release: June 22, 2017
The Trauma Center at AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center marked its 25th year of serving the community June 21 with a luncheon reception. The Trauma team has cared for more than 34,600 of the most critically injured patients in the region since the Center opened June 1, 1992.
“Our dedicated Trauma Center team has made a tremendous impact on the well-being of our community,” said Lori Herndon, president and CEO, AtlantiCare. “They’ve done so by caring for thousands of patients who were critically injured; providing education and outreach in our community; and collaborating with community hospitals to enhance the level of care we all provide.”
“We are grateful to our patients and their families for entrusting us with their care,” said James Eakins, M.D., F.A.C.S, medical director, Trauma, ARMC. “It takes a team of first responders, surgeons, specialists, nurses, technicians, social workers, specialty therapists, and providers and staff from throughout AtlantiCare to care for our patients before, during, and after a traumatic event. There can be hundreds of people involved in the care of one patient.”
Eakins added that community hospitals and first responders who assist in evaluating and transporting and/or transferring patients to ARMC, tertiary specialty centers and rehabilitation facilities are also key to the team’s success in caring for patients.
“We are privileged to care for those who live, work in and visit our community,” said Rachael Galego, BSN, RN, Trauma program director, ARMC. “No one plans to be in a trauma center. Many of our patients come to us critically injured. We’ve cared for patients who live in our region and those who were visiting from countries around the world.”
“We thank our patients and their families for their courage in facing trauma,” said Margaret Belfield, executive vice president chief operating officer, AtlantiCare. “The providers, staff, patients, their families who join us today represent thousands of others who have sought or given life-saving care in our community.”
ARMC’s Trauma Center – Then and Now
The Center opened June 1, 1992. In its first month of operation, the Trauma Center Team treated 100 patients. The average patient ranged in age from 15 to 34 years old. Causes patients were treated in the Trauma Center the first month were:
• 52 percent motor vehicle crashes
• 9 percent pedestrian struck by motor vehicle
• 9 percent stabbing
• 6 percent bicycle injuries
• 6 percent assault
• 6 percent gun
• 3 percent diving
In the first eight months of operation, from June 1, 1992 through January 31, 1993, the Trauma Center treated 422 patients.
Since opening, ARMC’s Trauma Center has treated more than 34,600 patients.
In 2016, the Trauma Center Team treated 1,758 patients. The average patient age today is 50.8 years.
Among top reasons patients were treated in the Trauma Center in 2016:
• 43 percent falls
• 22.8 percent motor vehicle crashes
• 8.9 percent assault
• 3 percent injury from gun-related injuries
• 3 percent injury related to motor vehicles (non-motorcycle, non-pedestrian)
• 2.9 percent bicycle injuries
• 2.8 percent motorcycle crashes
• 2.1 percent stabbing
• 1.8 percent pedestrian struck by motor vehicle
Over the last two decades, the mechanism of injury has shifted to approximately
• 90 percent blunt trauma, including injuries from motor vehicle crashes, falls, assaults, motorcycle crashes, bicycle crashes and water sports/watercraft injuries
• 10 percent penetrating trauma, including stab wounds and gunshot wounds
About ARMC’s Trauma Center
The Trauma Team at ARMC treats the most critically injured patients with the most advanced technology. Located in Atlantic City, an international tourist destination, the center treats residents of and visitors to Atlantic City, as well as residents and visitors from throughout the country and the world who are injured in Atlantic, Cape May and Southern Ocean counties.
• 55 percent reside in the Atlantic County area
• 17.25 percent reside in southern New Jersey region other than Atlantic County
• 16.5 percent are from other areas of New Jersey
• 11.25 percent are from outside New Jersey (including international)
ARMC is one of 10 trauma centers in the state and one of seven verified by the American College of Surgeons (ACS) as a level II Trauma Center. The standards for the provision of clinical care to injured patients for Level I and Level II trauma centers are identical. Although they do not have the same requirements for research and medical education that Level I centers have, Level II trauma centers have the responsibility to provide trauma outreach and injury prevention, and to provide support to non-trauma centers in the same service area.
The Verification Review Committee (VRC), an ad hoc committee of the Committee on Trauma of the American College of Surgeons (ACS), re-verified the Trauma Center at ARMC Atlantic City Campus as a level II trauma center in April 2017.This achievement recognized the trauma center’s dedication to providing optimal care for injured patients. The verification covers three years.
Approach to care
ARMC’s Trauma Center is staffed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days of the year by trauma surgeons, anesthesiologists, trauma nurses, respiratory therapists, on-call consultants and vital support staff, including transfusion services, laboratory services and diagnostic radiology.
The team uses a multidisciplinary approach to care. It collaborates with first responders and community hospitals to ensure critically injured patients get the prompt, quality care they need. ARMC’s trauma team works with specialists, primary care providers, and other professionals on whom patients rely after their hospitalization, and coordinates discharge and follow-up care for patients, both regionally and internationally. Local patients can receive follow-up care at AtlantiCare’s Trauma Clinic.
Education and outreach
The Trauma Center provides education and outreach for the general community and healthcare providers. Community educational offerings include, but are not limited to:
• Seniors on Safety – Fall Prevention program for seniors focuses on medication, falls prevention and other safety issues affecting seniors. Falls are the number one leading cause of trauma (up to 43 percent).
• Prevention in 3D – The Trauma team invites high school classes from southern New Jersey into the hospital to learn about the risks death and injury from drinking, distracted driving and drugs. Various members of the team and outside speakers share stories, give the students a tour of the Trauma bay and helipad, and discuss the importance of avoiding risky behaviors.
Professional educational venues the Trauma Center offers include, but are not limited to:
• Annual Trauma Symposium for healthcare professionals and volunteers, focusing on advances in trauma and emergency medicine (fee required). The Symposium will mark its 20th year in 2018.
• Emergency Medical Services Education Series – Education for Emergency Medical Services Professionals to gain educational credit.
• Monthly Trauma Education – Physicians deliver presentations in the hospital geared toward all care providers.
• U.S. Coast Guard Educational Workshops (as requested) – Workshops are designed to enhance U.S. Coast Guard personnel’s preparation in the care and transportation of injured people.
ARMC Trauma Center History
June 2017 - ARMC Trauma Center marks 25th year of serving community.
April 2017 – Re-verified as a level II trauma center by The Verification Review Committee (VRC), an ad hoc committee of the Committee on Trauma of the American College of Surgeons (ACS).
March 2014 – Re-verified as a level II trauma center by The Verification Review Committee (VRC), an ad hoc committee of the Committee on Trauma of the American College of Surgeons (ACS).
June 1, 2012 – ARMC Trauma Center marks 20th year of serving community.
May 16 – 18, 2011 – ARMC Trauma Center has largest attendance at annual Trauma Symposium as more than 600 from across the country attend educational event.
July 20, 2009 – ARMC Trauma Center and AtlantiCare Life Center offer Infant Swimming Resource’s Self-Rescue™ classes - making AtlantiCare first health care organization in the nation to offer this nationally recognized program.
September, 2008 – Final floors open in George F. Lynn Harmony Pavilion, including new intensive care unit (ICU) that features 26 private rooms –and four new medical and surgical floors, each with 30 private inpatient suites – where ARMC Trauma patients are treated.
October 15, 2007 – New Trauma Resuscitation Bay with 4 beds opens at ARMC Atlantic City Campus.
July 31, 2007 - Officials from AtlantiCare and the Harrah’s Foundation announce the Harrah’s Foundation pledge of $1 million to AtlantiCare’s Special Gifts Campaign. In recognition of the contribution, AtlantiCare officials announce the renaming of the Trauma Center to the Harrah’s Regional Trauma Center at AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center Emergency Center.
May 24, 2007 – ARMC opens its new rooftop helipad, marking phase I of the $128 million expansion of the hospital’s Atlantic City Campus.
January 19, 2005 - AtlantiCare announces ACMC City Division expansion project and that it is renaming Atlantic City Medical Center - AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center (City Campus and Mainland) to better reflect the medical center’s regional delivery of health and wellness services.
February 1998 – ARMC Trauma Center holds first Regional Trauma Symposium at the Sheraton in Atlantic City.
February 9, 1993 – Ribbon cutting marking opening of Phase II of ACMC Trauma Center – including helipad and holding area; expanded and updated blood bank; addition of 7-bed Trauma Intensive Care Unit; opening of expanded and updated Trauma Resuscitation Room; and addition of two-high speed elevators.
June 1, 1992 – Phase I opening of ACMC Trauma Center becomes a verified Trauma Center from the American College of Surgeons.
July, 1991 – New Jersey State Health Care Coordinating Committee endorses a proposal for ARMC City Campus to become a regional trauma center.
September, 1991 – Casino Reinvestment Development Authority approves $2.8 million in financing, $1.8 million of which was funded by the Sands Casino Hotel, to assist in construction of $3 million Trauma Center project.
December, 1990 – ARMC, then Atlantic City Medical Center (ACMC), receives Certificate of Need from state to become a Regional Trauma Center
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AtlantiCare is an integrated system of services designed to help people achieve optimal health. It includes AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center, AtlantiCare Health Engagement, the AtlantiCare Foundation, and AtlantiCare Health Services. Its more than 5,500 employees and more than 900 physicians serve the community in nearly 70 locations. A 2009 Malcolm Baldrige Award winner, AtlantiCare was also included in Modern Healthcare’s Best Places to Work in Healthcare in 2010. ARMC became the 105th hospital in the nation to attain status as a Magnet™ designated hospital in March of 2004 and was redesignated a Magnet™ hospital in 2008 and 2013.