St. Francis receives Level III trauma designation

hospitalSt. Francis Medical Center has been designated a Level III trauma center by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment.  The designation is effective Aug. 1.

This achievement recognizes the trauma center’s dedication to providing optimal care for injured patients.

“Designation as a Level III trauma center allows SFMC to provide additional resources and enhance services to our community and EMS partners,” said Mark Hartman, site administrator at St. Francis Medical Center. “Now, more patients from northeast Colorado Springs and adjacent areas can stay in their community for care.

“It also enhances the partnership with local emergency medical service (EMS) agencies that will be able to more quickly deliver patients to the proper level of care.”

Level III facilities are capable of providing assessment, resuscitation, stabilization, emergency surgery, and, if necessary, transfer to a Level I or II facility.

Surveyors performed a thorough inspection of the hospital’s quality of care, process improvement systems and compliance with Colorado state rules and regulations. No deficiencies were noted in SFMC’s survey. SFMC voluntarily reapplies for trauma center designation every three years to ensure excellence in trauma care.

Penrose-St. Francis Health Services is part of Centura Health, the first integrated health care network in the country to establish a comprehensive, fully-integrated trauma system in 2009 when it launched the Centura Health Trauma System.

Comprised of 14 designated trauma centers, Flight For Life Colorado critical transport system and the state’s largest EMS support system, our patients have access to a dedicated network of hospitals and operating entities that provide the highest level of care at the most critical time of need.