Richmond, VA. (March 27, 2018) – HCA Virginia’s Chippenham Hospital has achieved full re-designation as a Level II trauma center by the State Health Commissioner from the Commonwealth of Virginia Department of Health.
At a recent site visit by the Virginia Department of Health, the hospital earned the highest score achievable with no critical deficiencies.
Chippenham first received designation as a Level II trauma center in 2014, making it the first hospital in central Virginia to achieve Level II status.
“Since we earned this designation from the state of Virginia several years ago, we are proud to have consistently provided exceptional quality care to all patients in need of timely emergency medical services,” said Frank Yang, M.D. trauma medical director at Chippenham Hospital. “Our expert trauma team remains dedicated to improving outcomes and delivering the life-saving care that our community deserves.”
As a Level II trauma center, the facility is able to initiate definitive care for all patients by providing 24/7 on-site general trauma surgeons required to be at bedside within 15 minutes. In addition, trauma experts with a variety of surgical specialties are on call 24/7 and required to be at bedside within 30 minutes.
“I appreciate the hard work and dedication from the entire team in delivering the highest quality care to the patients who enter our trauma center,” said Greg Lowe, chief executive officer of Chippenham Hospital. “Having no critical or non-critical deficiencies is a testament to the team’s attention to detail and focus on evidence based processes and procedures.”
In addition to this re-designation, Chippenham Hospital received verification in October 2017 as a Level II trauma center by the American College of Surgeons for a period of three years. The achievement recognizes the trauma center's dedication to providing optimal care for injured patients.
Chippenham Hospital plays a critical role to emergency care as central Virginia’s busiest adult and pediatric ER, staffed 24/7 by pediatric-trained emergency nurse and physician specialists.
Metro Richmond’s other trauma centers include Johnston-Willis and Henrico Doctors’ Hospitals, which are Level III and Level II trauma centers, respectively. In addition, the VCU Medical Center, holds a Level I trauma status. In Virginia, the trauma designation process is voluntary and intended to identify the various levels of capability available at participating hospitals. There are three levels in the state. These include:
- Level I - a comprehensive regional source that is capable of providing total care for every aspect of injury from prevention to rehabilitation.
- Level II – facilities that are able to initiate definitive care for all injured patients.
- Level III – centers that have demonstrated an ability to provide prompt assessment, resuscitation, surgery, intensive care and stabilization of injured patients and emergency operations.