October 31, 2011 -
The Washington State Department of Health has granted Olympic Medical Center a three-year renewal for the facility’s designation as a Level III Trauma Center.
As a Level III Trauma Center, Olympic Medical offers comprehensive emergency care 24-hours a day and has available resources to provide for emergency resuscitation, general and orthopaedic surgery, and intensive care for most patients who need trauma care. When a patient requires higher level sub-specialty care, the patient is stabilized and transferred to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle – the only Level I Trauma Center in the Northwest.
“Our community deserves to have the best emergency and trauma care we can provide in a rural setting, and because of this we feel it is very important for OMC to continue to maintain our Level III Trauma Center status,” says Lorraine Wall, RN, chief nursing officer, Olympic Medical. “We work with our highly skilled emergency medicine doctors and surgeons to ensure that we have the coverage we need to provide safe, quality medical care.”
Trauma Designation Process
The Washington State Department of Health (DOH) has authority to designate trauma services. DOH designates five levels of acute care trauma services, three levels of pediatric acute care trauma services and three levels of trauma rehabilitation services. Every three years, hospitals can apply and compete for trauma service designation. All applicants complete a written application. Level I through III acute care and Level I through III pediatric acute care applicants also receive a clinical on-site survey. Based on an assessment of the written application and the results of the clinical on-site survey, DOH selects the most qualified applicants.
Olympic Medical Center has been a Level III Trauma Center since 2002.
Olympic Medical Center (Clallam County Public Hospital District No. 2) is a comprehensive, award-winning health care provider for more than 70,000 residents of Clallam County. It has served the community since its establishment on Nov. 1, 1951, and is governed by a seven-member, publicly elected board. OMC is a sole community hospital and rural referral center. It provides inpatient services at its 80-bed acute-care facility in Port Angeles, including a level-three trauma designated emergency department, surgical services, and labor and delivery. OMC’s outpatient services include cardiac, imaging, physical therapy and rehabilitation, laboratory, surgical services, home health, physician clinics and comprehensive regional cancer care at locations in Port Angeles and Sequim.