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Allen County Regional Hospital Receives Level IV Trauma Center Designation from KDHE

The trauma center at Allen County Regional Hospital has been designated as a Level IV Trauma Center by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment.

“Trauma center designation is one component of a statewide trauma system designed to get patients with life-threatening injuries to a hospital with the necessary resources,” says Robert Moser, M.D., KDHE Secretary and State Health Officer.  “We congratulate Allen County Regional Hospital for serving as a vital resource when every second matters.”

“Allen County Regional has long been an important health resource for southeast Kansas,” says Marion “Tony” Thompson, FACHE, Allen County Regional Hospital Chief Executive Officer. “This new trauma designation is a validation of both our commitment to the community and high-quality healthcare. We are honored to be recognized with this level of trauma designation."

"This designation is the result of tremendous effort and strong commitment from Allen County Regional's staff and physicians,” says Timothy Spears, D.O., Emergency Department Medical Director. “We take a great deal of professional pride in being able to offer this level of trauma and emergency care to our patients."

"We know that injuries are a leading cause of death and disability among residents across Kansas,” says Lisa Griffith, RN, Trauma Coordinator. “Having a cohesive, well-run trauma system is integral to caring for those who are injured. We're proud to play a role in that program and in ensuring the quality care of those who need us in emergencies."

Hospitals that have achieved Level IV trauma center designation have demonstrated a commitment to providing optimal care for those who have been seriously injured.

Level IV trauma centers are rural hospitals whose primary role is to stabilize seriously injured patients and, if necessary, transfer them to a higher-level trauma center. Hospitals that have achieved Level IV trauma center designation have demonstrated a commitment to providing optimal care for those who have been seriously injured.

Designated trauma centers must meet the essential criteria that ensure trauma care capability and institutional performance as outlined by the American College of Surgeons and endorsed by the Kansas Advisory Committee on Trauma.

There are four separate categories of designation by the Kansas Trauma Program. Each category has specific criteria that must be met by a facility seeking that level of designation. A trauma care system includes a network of hospitals providing a spectrum of care for injured patients. Trauma center designations are based on the hospital’s care capability, from the highest, Level I, to hospitals designated Level IV.

Injuries are a leading cause of death and disability in Kansas. KDHE’s trauma Program works to assure those that are injured in Kansas have access to an organized system of trauma care that offers them the chance of recovery.

Allen County Regional Hospital is an award-winning Kansas critical access hospital dedicated to bringing innovative, advanced healthcare to Southeast Kansas with a compassionate, personalized style.