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Miami Valley Hospital's Trauma Center Designated "Highly Prepared" by National Foundation for Trauma Care

Hospital Joins Five Other Medical Centers Nationally

Dayton, Ohio - Miami Valley Hospital's (MVH) Level One Trauma Center has been designated one of the top five "highly prepared" trauma centers in the nation for its preparedness to respond to large-scale disasters by the National Foundation for Trauma Care (NFTC). It joins four other medical centers nationwide that also received the accolade, including Barnes-Jewish Hospital, St. Louis; Children's Hospital and Health Center, San Diego; New Hanover Regional Medical Center, Wilmington, NC; and Suburban Hospital Healthcare System, Bethesda, MD.

"Our responsibility as a Level I Trauma Center is to take charge in the event of disaster to serve our community and ensure that Miami Valley Hospital is more prepared than anyone else to absorb the emotional, physical and economic burden when and if it's needed," said Nick Lair, vice president of hospital operations at MVH. "Hospitals are community assets, and when disaster strikes, we have a mission to be front and center. This award proves that our hard work behind the scenes is paying off in positive ways."

The NFTC received grant funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to conduct the study of 531 levels I and II trauma centers nationwide. There were 175 useable surveys returned. To receive this national acclaim, MVH administrators, trauma medical director and others completed a 46-question survey and hosted a site visit by an investigator in the study. The site visit included a tour of the facility, interviews with key staff and managers, review of critical documents and examination of the hospital to determine overall preparedness to manage a large-scale disaster.

"There is superb professionalism and expertise among the medical teams who contribute to running the MVH trauma center in support of our community," said Mary McCarthy, MD, Director of the MVH Trauma Program. "Trauma care is a collective practice, and many contribute to its success. Everyone can be most proud of this award because it provides recognition in an area that rarely receives attention unless in crisis."

The study and visit were structured around preparedness relating to any hazard, including communication and interagency cooperation; emergency management planning; resource availability and response; vulnerability; threats and security; clinical capacity; management and sustainability. The five award recipients will receive $7,000 from the NFTC for its "highly prepared" Trauma Center designation.

According to the special-edition newsletter by NFTC, available online, the study sponsors state, "That these trauma centers are willing to undergo a validation visit of some complexity upon relatively short notice and share their practices and experiences with the rest of those in the nation and their governmental agencies bodes well for trauma center preparedness for the next natural or human-caused event of mass scale."