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March 13, 2013

St. Vincent announces trauma services verification

INDIANAPOLIS — St. Vincent Indianapolis Hospital recently earned verification as a trauma center by the American College of Surgeons.

To ensure verification, St. Vincent renovated space for trauma/surgical and neuroscience intensive care units (ICU) and added CT scan imaging modalities. The hospital also has a dedicated trauma operating room, and added in-house coverage for trauma surgery, anesthesia, critical care, radiology and hospitalist programs. Other specialty services that will be available include neurosurgery, vascular, thoracic, plastic surgery, hand, face, and OB/GYN.

“In just three years, our medical staff and associates rose to the challenge of pursuing the goal of creating a Trauma Center for patients and families,” said Kyle DeFur, president of St. Vincent Indianapolis Hospital, in a press release. “As this was the top priority for the St. Vincent Trauma Center team, the verification is a gold-standard testament that our provider partners have the confidence to send their patients to our health ministry during critical times.”

To ensure air transportation was readily available, St. Vincent Health arranged an affiliation agreement with PHI Air Medical creating the critical care transport brand — StatFlight. The partnership assists in the stabilization and transportation of trauma patients by air to St. Vincent or other advanced tertiary care facilities. St. Vincent StatFlight has five medical helicopters located in Anderson, Danville, North Vernon, Rushville and West Lafayette.

Last month, OrthoIndy announced that the OrthoIndy trauma team will provide care exclusively at St. Vincent Indianapolis Hospital.

Physicians and nurses have renewed their advanced trauma certifications, completed trauma education and core courses, and participated in trauma lecture series.

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