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Johnston-Willis Hospital Achieves Designation as a Level III Trauma Center

July 09, 2014

Richmond, VA – HCA Virginia’s Johnston-Willis Hospital has been designated a Level III trauma center by the State Health Commissioner from the Commonwealth of Virginia Department of Health.

As a Level III trauma center, Johnston-Willis Hospital is prepared to serve as an access point for immediate, comprehensive, skilled medical and nursing care to seriously injured patients with 24-hour immediate coverage by emergency medicine physicians and the prompt availability of general surgeons, orthopedic surgeons, and anesthesiologists.

“This achievement is a reflection of our commitment to providing better service with timely and improved access to life-saving measures for patients in need of trauma care,” said Brandon Haushalter, chief executive officer of Johnston-Willis Hospital. ”We are equipped to reach a higher level of capabilities with this accomplishment and we will continue to strive toward reaching our ultimate goal - saving lives.”

The designation also will allow Johnston-Willis to incorporate a comprehensive quality assessment program focused on trauma care; stabilize and transfer patients requiring more comprehensive care to a Level I or Level II trauma center; provide continuing education for the trauma response team, including nursing, allied health and pre-hospital personnel; and provide active outreach to referring communities through injury prevention efforts.

In Virginia, the trauma designation process is voluntary and intended to identify the various levels of capability available at participating hospitals. There are three levels in the state. These include:

  • Level I - a comprehensive regional source that is capable of providing total care for every aspect of injury from prevention to rehabilitation.
  • Level II – facilities that are able to initiate definitive care for all injured patients.
  • Level III – centers that have demonstrated an ability to provide prompt assessment, resuscitation, surgery, intensive care and stabilization of injured patients and emergency operations.

Metro Richmond’s only other Level III trauma center is located at HCA Virginia’s Chippenham Hospital. The VCU Medical Center is designated a Level I trauma center. There are no Level II trauma centers in the region.

“In the last twelve months the hospital has added new equipment, increased trauma education and training throughout the hospital, and developed an organized, efficient care plan for the trauma patient,” said Dr. John Hyslop, M.D., trauma medical director, Johnston-Willis Hospital. “The care that we provide is going to satisfy a significant need for our community.”

The emergency department at Johnston-Willis Hospital treated over 33,000 patients in 2013 and has seen consistent year-over-year growth in ED visits. Johnston-Willis also has an advanced primary stroke accreditation.

In addition, HCA Virginia completed a multi-phase quality improvement initiative in 2013 to ensure that its emergency departments are fully prepared to provide effective care for children.

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About HCA Virginia…As the commonwealth’s most comprehensive provider network, HCA Virginia Health System operates 13 hospitals and 30 outpatient centers and is affiliated with 3,000 physicians. It is one of Virginia’s largest employers, provides $365 million in uncompensated care and pays $72 million in state and local taxes each year. HCA Virginia includes 6 imaging centers, 6 outpatient surgery centers, two freestanding emergency rooms, and 7 hospitals – Chippenham, Henrico Doctors’, John Randolph, Johnston-Willis, Parham Doctors’, Retreat Doctors’ and Spotsylvania Regional.

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