The trauma center at Penrose Hospital has been verified as a Level II Trauma Center by the verification review committee, an ad hoc committee of the Committee on Trauma of the American College of Surgeons.
Established by the ACS in 1987, the committee’s program to verify trauma centers promotes the need for resources for trauma care and addresses the entire spectrum of care for all injured patients.
Verified trauma centers must meet the essential criteria to make sure trauma care capability and institutional performance meet outlined ACS guidelines.
The ACS committee doesn’t designate trauma centers, but provides confirmation that a trauma center is committed to providing the highest quality trauma care for all injured patients. The designation of trauma centers in Colorado is the function of the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment.
The American College of Surgeons is a scientific and educational association of surgeons that was founded in 1913 to raise the standards of surgical education and practice, and to improve the care of the surgical patient.