GAINESVILLE, Ga. – Officials from Northeast Georgia Medical Center (NGMC) announced today that the hospital has received Level II Trauma Center Designation. During a site visit on Dec. 5, a survey team from the Georgia Department of Public Health’s Emergency Medical Services & Trauma Office determined that NGMC has met the criteria set forth by the American College of Surgeons Committee on Trauma to qualify for Level II designation.
“We are thrilled to receive this designation,” says Brad Nurkin, president of NGMC. “This is a crowning achievement for our organization and represents the culmination of more than four years of work towards this tremendous goal.”
“Level II designation assures emergency medical personnel – and more importantly, patients – that a hospital has the full range of trauma resources available 24/7 to handle all types of traumatic injury, no matter how big or how small,” says Deb Battle, RN, NP-C, director of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery.
“It is very gratifying to accomplish this goal,” says Priscilla Strom, MD, a surgeon with The Longstreet Clinic, who has helped the designation effort. “It was a comprehensive team effort, as physicians from many of our medical specialties worked together toward the goal of improving care for our community.”
“While we are extremely proud of what this means for our organization, we are even more aware of designation’s true meaning – better access and higher quality trauma care for the patients we serve in northeast Georgia,” says John Adamski, II, MD, medical director of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery at NGMC.