Newport News, VA - A review team from the Virginia Department of Health recently conducted a site review of Riverside's Trauma Program at Riverside Regional Medical Center in Newport News and has re-verified Riverside as a Level II Virginia Trauma Center.

The verification process identifies hospitals that make a commitment to providing a higher level of care for patients through every facet of the trauma care cycle. Riverside Regional Medical Center has been a designated Trauma Center since 1982.

"Achieving the goal of recertification is a team effort." Daniel D Munn, MS MD FACS, Director, Trauma and Acute Care Surgery stated "but our Trauma Team is focused on surpassing the requirements of the state so we can provide the best possible medical care to our patients when they need it most." Daniel Munn MD continued.

Virginia Trauma Center verification criteria are based on national standards established by the American College of Surgeons and the American College of Emergency Physicians. The process is intended to identify strengths, recommendations, and any potential deficiencies that could hamper a center's ability to effectively treat trauma patients.

Findings are based on the review of medical records, PI and multidisciplinary committee meeting minutes, Trauma Services documentation, interviews with a multidisciplinary approach, and a tour of the facility that includes members of the review team speaking with on-duty unit staffs.

According to the verification report, several of the strengths that contributed to re-verification included the Trauma Medical Director (Dr. Munn), Program Manager (Lou Ann Miller), Registrar (Penny Fletcher), knowledge and support of administrative staff, development and implementation of nursing education, the nursing staff, the working relationship between trauma surgery and emergency medicine, and Riverside's support of the Regional EMS system. The report also noted there were no critical or non-critical deficiencies found during the review.


Published: January 25, 2012