Lee’s Summit Medical Center Opens Level III Trauma Program
November 12, 2012
According to the Trauma Center Association of America (TCAA), motorcycle and car crashes, assaults, burns and falls are the leading causes of traumatic injuries in the United States.
Today, Lee’s Summit Medical Center announced it has earned designation as a Level III Trauma Center by the Missouri Department of Health and Human Services.
As a Level III Trauma Center, Lee’s Summit Medical Center meets the state’s essential criteria as a trauma center capable of 24-hour emergency, operative and critical care. The hospital provides prompt assessment, resuscitation, emergency surgery and stabilization of trauma victims. This heightened level of care is provided by having trauma surgeons on call and trauma trained staff available all the time to diagnose and treat patients. The hospital continues to offer patients 24/7 access to other physician specialists including orthopedics, stroke care, cardiovascular and thoracic care, pulmonology, gastroenterology, oncology and gynecology.
Lee’s Summit Medical Center—part of HCA Midwest Health System, Kansas City’s largest healthcare network and private-sector employer—is an acute-care facility that is both an Accredited Chest Pain Center and an Accredited Primary Stroke Center by The Joint Commission. The Level III Trauma Center designation further solidifies the hospital’s dedication to providing optimal care for patients in Lee’s Summit and the surrounding communities.
To become a Level III Trauma Center, Lee’s Summit Medical Center met stringent regulations. Additionally, each member of the trauma team—physicians, surgeons and nurses—fulfilled supplemental education requirements.
Stanley M. Augustin, MD, FACS, fellowship-trained critical care physician and board-certified general surgeon, is medical director of Lee’s Summit Medical Center’s Trauma III Center and Surgical Services. “I have cared for hundreds of trauma patients with varying levels of serious injury over the years and know how critical immediate care is in helping to save lives,” says Dr. Augustin. “This Level III Trauma Center designation is a great achievement for Lee’s Summit Medical Center and showcases our continued commitment and service to the community.”
For the past 10 years Dr. Augustin has served as an associate professor within the surgery department at the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC) School of Medicine focusing on trauma/emergency surgery and surgical critical care. Dr. Augustin is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons (ACS), and is active in the Missouri Chapter of the ACS. He is the immediate past president of the Kansas City Surgical Society and member of the Society of Critical Care Medicine. He earned his medical degree and completed his general surgery residency at UMKC. Subsequently, Dr. Augustin completed a critical care fellowship at Washington University in St. Louis’s division of trauma/critical care at Barnes-Jewish Hospital.
At Lee’s Summit Medical Center’s new Level III Trauma program, Dr. Augustin works with an entire team of experienced trauma surgeons, medical specialists, and a skilled group of emergency medicine physicians.
Jackie DeSouza, president and chief executive officer at Lee’s Summit Medical Center, says the Level III Trauma Center designation aligns with the hospital’s deeper commitment to comprehensive care for patients. “The Level III Trauma Center is an invaluable resource to the community that is available round the clock, every day. Caring for more patients right in our own community better serves the patients and our employees,” she says.
In September 2012 Lee’s Summit Medical Center was named as one of the nation’s top performing hospitals on key quality measures by The Joint Commission, the nation’s leading accreditor of healthcare organizations.
This is the second year consecutive year that Lee’s Summit Medical Center was recognized as a Top Performer and is one of only four hospitals in Missouri that achieved that distinction. Lee’s Summit Medical Center was recognized by The Joint Commission for its achievements on heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia and surgical care.