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Trauma and Critical Care Services

From the Director of Trauma/Critical Care Services,
Brian S. Gruber, MD

In 1995, SEHC was designated a Level I Trauma Center by the American College of Surgeons and recently received re-verification as a Level I Trauma Center, Adult & Pediatrics, which places SEHC in the company of fewer than 5% of hospitals nationwide that provide this level of care.

St. E's is the only Level I Trauma Center between Pittsburgh, Akron, and Cleveland. Patients arrive by ambulance, by our mobile intensive care unit, or by helicopter, and the volume of trauma continues to increase each year. The trauma service admits more than 2000 trauma patients a year, with 49% of these patients requiring the services of our trauma teams, which are readily available 24 hours a day. A trauma team is composed of the attending trauma surgeon, chief and junior surgical residents, and anesthesiologist, or CRNA, along with nursing and personnel from respiratory, blood bank, laboratory, and radiology. If necessary, surgeons from other specialties are called after the patient has been assessed by the team. Surgical residents and attending trauma surgeons are certified in advanced trauma life support. The Trauma Service has a 97.6% survival rate, which is above the national trauma standard, as reported by the National Trauma Database.

Trauma services staff members are committed to awareness of trauma and injury prevention.  They are involved in research and outreach, conducting and participating in programs, presentations, and health fairs throughout the Mahoning Valley.   A newly expanded treatment bay was completed in 2010 to expedite trauma care in the Emergency Department. The installation of a digital radiography system fully integrates the hospital's picture archiving communication system (PACS) by allowing the trauma team to treat the patient at a moment's notice without transporting the patient to other areas for necessary tests. 

Over 250 first responders and health care providers attended the 2010 Trauma Care Symposium to learn about recent advancement in prehospital and hospital trauma care, with topics ranging from meth lab issues to pediatric trauma treatment.

Faculty
Joseph A. Ambrose, MD
C. Michael Dunham, MD
Joshua S. Gady, MD
Brian S. Gruber, MD
Kenneth J. Ransom, MD
Ronald A. Rhodes, MD
Joseph F. Yurich, MD
 
All surgeons may admit, evaluate, diagnose, consult, and provide preoperative, intraoperative, and postoperative surgical care and correct or treat various condition, illnesses, and injuries of the surgical anatomy. The minimum number of procedures must be performed in a 2-year period to comply with appointment and reappointment criteria.

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