Mercy Health – St. Vincent Mercy Medical Center recently was recertified as a Level 1 trauma center and earned Level 2 pediatric trauma verification by the Committee of Trauma (COT) of the American College of Surgeons (ACS).

The verification indicates Mercy Health – St. Vincent has yet again met the stringent criteria of the COT in providing quality trauma care.

“To serve both adults and children in their trauma care at one facility is a valuable resource for the community,” said Dr. John Leskovan, Mercy Health – St. Vincent board-certified trauma services surgeon. “To provide this type of service as an extension of the Mercy Health mission is not only why we exist, but is our privilege.”

This verification by the ACS involves extensive documentation on multiple aspects of trauma care, including an on-site survey by physician members of the committee. Mercy Health – St. Vincent Medical Center first received this certification in 1992 and has maintained it annually.

According to the ACS, to receive this rating, a verified Level 1 trauma center must be able to provide total care for every aspect of injury, from prevention through rehabilitation. Key elements of a Level 1 trauma center include 24-hour in-house coverage by general surgeons and prompt availability of care in specialties (e.g. orthopedic surgery, neurosurgery, anesthesiology, emergency medicine, radiology, internal medicine, pediatric and critical care). In addition, Level 1 trauma centers provide leadership in prevention, research, medical education and continuing education opportunities for trauma team members.

“Achieving these certifications displays Mercy Health – St. Vincent Medical Center's commitment to qualified trauma care,” stated Tom Arquilla, interim president and chief operating officer, Mercy Health – St. Vincent Medical Center. “We are proud the ACS recertified us and look forward to continue to serve the Toledo community with the highest level of trauma care like we have all these years.”