Story last updated at 8/8/2012 - 1:07 pm
Bartlett Regional Hospital in Juneau has been Certified as a Level IV Trauma Center by the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services. This designation symbolizes the hospital's level of ability to identify injuries and stabilize victims of trauma.
"We're excited to add Bartlett Regional to the ranks of designated trauma centers in Alaska," said Julie Rabeau, trauma program manager for the State of Alaska. "The hard work that Bartlett Regional put into becoming a designated Trauma IV facility will benefit the citizens of Southeast Alaska by improving trauma care and outcome. They are to be congratulated."
Bartlett joins a number of other Level IV Trauma Centers in Alaska including: Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta Regional Hospital in Bethel; Sitka Community Hospital; Mt. Edgecumbe Hospital; and Norton Sound Regional Hospital in Nome. Alaska Native Medical Center in Anchorage is the only Level II trauma center in Alaska, the highest level designation currently appropriate for Alaska.
To meet the stringent requirements for trauma certification, Bartlett underwent a verifications process by a team of Alaska health care professionals, appointed by the state Division of Public Health, who verifies trauma centers using American College of Surgeons Committee on Trauma criteria.