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MetroHealth partners with hospitals in Lorain, Huron counties on Level III trauma centers

October 10, 2018

MetroHealth partners with hospitals in Lorain, Huron counties on Level III trauma centers

CLEVELAND, Ohio -- The MetroHealth System will work with health systems in Lorain and Huron counties to improve expert trauma care in those regions, the hospital announced Wednesday.

Partnerships were made with Mercy Health Lorain Hospital in Lorain County, and Fisher-Titus Health in Huron County. The partnerships are expected to save lives and keep patients close to their families as they recover, hospital administrators said in a written statement.

MetroHealth and Mercy Health Lorain Hospital are partnering to bring the first Level III trauma center to Lorain County, according to a statement from MetroHealth.

Lorain County’s new trauma center will be located at Mercy Health Lorain Hospital on Kolbe Road in Lorain and will be based upon MetroHealth’s nationally recognized trauma program, according to a statement. It is slated to open in 2019.

MetroHealth and Mercy Health Lorain will seek Level III Trauma Center verification from the American College of Surgeons. MetroHealth trauma surgeons will rotate at Mercy Health Lorain to provide 24/7 trauma care, and a MetroHealth medical director and trauma coordinator will provide day-to-day oversight of the center.

MetroHealth will provide training and education for Mercy Health Lorain nurses and other staff, the statement said.

“There was a gap in the county where a trauma program would fit, and now, we have worked to bring one to life,” Dr. Gil Palmer, chief medical officer for Mercy Health Lorain, said in a statement.

A Level I trauma center provides the highest level of surgical care to trauma patients. It has a full range of specialists and equipment available 24 hours a day and can care for pediatric patients. A Level I trauma center must have a certain number of surgeons, anesthesiologists, nurses and other specialists on duty 24 hours a day.

A Level II trauma center provides 24-hour immediate access to surgeons, as well as orthopedic surgery, neurosurgery, anesthesiology, emergency medicine, radiology and critical care. A Level III trauma center does not have the full availability of specialists, but does have resources for emergency resuscitation, surgery, and intensive care of most trauma patients.

MetroHealth has a Level I Adult Trauma Center and a Level II Pediatric Trauma Center at its main campus in Cleveland.

As part of MetroHealth’s partnership with Fisher-Titus Health, MetroHealth doctors and staff will co-manage the existing Level III trauma program at Fisher-Titus starting this fall, MetroHealth said.

In 2019, MetroHealth trauma surgeons will begin working with Fisher-Titus physicians and staff to provide trauma care. A MetroHealth medical director and trauma coordinator will manage day-to-day trauma operations for patients.

This is the first time MetroHealth will provide trauma services to Huron County, MetroHealth said.

“Through this collaboration, more trauma patients will be able to receive care at Fisher-Titus and remain in our community rather than being referred to another city,” said Dr. Brent Burkey, president of Fisher-Titus Health.

Fisher-Titus Medical Center is a non-profit community hospital system that includes Fisher-Titus Memorial Hospital, a 69-bed skilled nursing facility and a 48-unit assisted living facility. Fisher-Titus has been a Level III Trauma Center since 2009.

Mercy Health is a not-for-profit health care system includes two hospitals, Mercy Health Lorain Hospital and Mercy Health Allen Hospital in Oberlin.

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