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Memorial Hospital Becomes Level III Trauma Center

The trauma center at Lake Charles Memorial Hospital has been verified as a Level III Trauma Center by the Verification Review Committee (VRC), an ad hoc committee of the Committee on Trauma (COT) of the American College of Surgeons (ACS). This achievement recognizes the trauma center's dedication to providing optimal care for injured patients.

“This is a tremendous achievement for the trauma team at Lake Charles Memorial,” says Richard Shimer, MD medical director of the Memorial Trauma team. “Memorial now has Southwest Louisiana’s only certified trauma center. We are equipped to better meet the needs of our growing community and will continue to work to grow our trauma program as our region grows too.”

Established by the American College of Surgeons in 1987, the COT's Consultation/Verification Program for Hospitals promotes the development of trauma centers in which participants provide not only the hospital resources necessary for trauma care, but also the entire spectrum of care to address the needs of all injured patients. This spectrum encompasses the pre-hospital phase through the rehabilitation process.

The ACS Committee on Trauma's verification program does not designate trauma centers. Rather, the program provides confirmation that a trauma center has demonstrated its commitment to providing the highest quality trauma care for all injured patients. This achievement recognizes Memorial’s commitment to providing optimal care for injured patients.

The CoT does not designate trauma centers. Rather, the program provides confirmation that a trauma center has demonstrated its commitment to providing the highest quality trauma care. The designation of trauma centers is the function of the Louisiana Emergency Response Network (LERN) which develops and maintains a statewide system of care coordination for patients suddenly stricken by serious traumatic injury or time-sensitive illness.