ATLANTA (October 2011) – Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta is now home to the first state designated Level 1 Pediatric Trauma Center in Georgia. Located at the Children’s at Egleston campus, the Level 1 distinction is the highest ranking of its kind that a hospital can attain and recognizes centers that provide both premier care and conduct academic research. Children’s at Egleston achieved the designation by demonstrating model care while acting as a Level 1 facility for a year. In addition, Children’s at Scottish Rite remains the state’s only Level 2 Pediatric Trauma Center.
“We are elated that Children’s at Egleston has achieved the designation as a Level 1 Pediatric Trauma Center,” said Linda Cole, Vice President, Emergency and Ambulatory Services at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. “With Children’s at Egleston working in tandem with the other critical care services throughout the system, we are able to broaden our reach to deliver the most efficient and specialized care for our patients.
Children’s at Egleston and Children’s at Scottish Rite are the only two pediatric trauma centers in the state. Accounting for more than 60 percent of the state trauma registry pediatric patients, these centers have been recognized for their collaborative efforts between the Trauma, Critical Care and Emergency Services at Children’s. To receive the distinction as a trauma facility in Georgia, a hospital is reviewed under a state-designated committee that verifies the presence of the resources listed in the American College of Surgeons' Resources for Optimal Care of the Injured Patient.
“The Level 1 designation recognizes our system-wide commitment to providing the highest quality of care for our patients,” said Mark Wulkan, M.D., Surgeon-in-Chief at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta. “This designation will help us obtain resources to continue to improve trauma care throughout Atlanta and across Georgia.”
The two Children’s trauma centers house state-of-the-art technology and employ multi-disciplinary teams with extensive training in pediatric trauma services. Children’s at Egleston and Children’s at Scottish Rite both offer access to pediatric specialty coverage including general pediatric surgery, neurosurgery, orthopaedics, plastic surgery, hand surgery, maxillofacial surgery and rehabilitative services. As a Level 1 Pediatric Trauma Center, Children’s at Egleston also provides cardiothoracic surgery and cardiopulmonary bypass capabilities and conducts academic research for trauma care. In addition, Children’s devotes resources to injury prevention through Safe Kids Georgia and the Stephanie V. Blank Center for Safe and Healthy Children.
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Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, a not-for-profit organization, is committed to nhancing the lives of children through excellence in patient care, research and education. Managing more than half a million patient visits annually at three hospitals and 17 neighborhood locations, Children’s is one of the largest clinical care providers for children in the country. Children’s offers access to more than 30 pediatric specialties and is ranked among the top children’s hospitals by U.S.News & World Report. With generous philanthropic and volunteer support, Children’s has made an impact in the lives of children in Georgia, the United States and throughout the world. Visit www.choa.org for more information.