NAMPA – Saint Alphonsus Medical Center-Nampa is elevating the level of trauma care in Canyon County.
The hospital announced July 16 that it received a level four designation from the Idaho Time Sensitive Emergency Program and the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare. In order to get the classification, the hospital had to demonstrate that it can provide advanced trauma life support, such as resuscitation and stabilization, as well as the ability to transfer patients to hospitals with higher level trauma services, according to a news release.
“A tremendous amount of work and dedication by our entire team went into achieving level four trauma center designation,” said Travis P. Leach, president of Saint Alphonsus Medical Center – Nampa in the release. “We are now the only state-designated trauma center in Canyon County, and working in partnership with our Boise hospital, we are able to provide outstanding continuum of care for victims of any trauma.”
Certification as a trauma center requires a medical facility to have extra staff and capacity in the emergency department to respond to trauma cases, as well as imaging, laboratory and specialists available 24 hours a day to treat the most severe and critically injured patients.
Last year, Saint Alphonsus Medical Center – Nampa opened a new helipad for Life Flight and other medical transport aircraft, allowing for more timely transport of patients to and from the hospital.
With a level two designation, Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center in Boise has the highest ranking of trauma care in southwestern Idaho.
In 2014, the Legislature created the Idaho Time Sensitive Emergency System with the goal of addressing three of the top five causes of death in the state – trauma, stroke and heart attacks.
There aren’t any level one trauma centers in Idaho, which generally are located at university teaching hospitals that conduct medical research. But the Gem State has several level two trauma centers: Saint Alphonsus in Boise, Kootenai Health in Coeur d’Alene, Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center in Idaho Falls and Portneuf Medical Center in Pocatello.
Trauma care spans the scene of an accident or medical emergency, the ER, the operating room, the intensive care unit and rehabilitation.