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Grand Itasca Redesignated as Trauma Level 3 Hospital

7/19/2018

Grand Rapids, MN – The Minnesota Department of Health recently re designated Grand Itasca Clinic & Hospital as a level 3 trauma hospital. Grand Itasca voluntarily participated in the intense designation process to remain part of Minnesota’s statewide trauma system. The process included an internal and external review of the hospital’s resources and capabilities to care for trauma patients. Grand Itasca met the required standards of commitment, clinical and equipment resources and staff training. The hospital also participates in a continuous performance improvement process.

 

Grand Rapids, MN – The Minnesota Department of Health recently re designated Grand Itasca Clinic & Hospital as a level 3 trauma hospital. Grand Itasca voluntarily participated in the intense designation process to remain part of Minnesota’s statewide trauma system. The process included an internal and external review of the hospital’s resources and capabilities to care for trauma patients. Grand Itasca met the required standards of commitment, clinical and equipment resources and staff training. The hospital also participates in a continuous performance improvement process.

"Renewing our trauma designation is very important to us at Grand Itasca. It means hours of diligent monitoring and reporting for our staff, but is vital in demonstrating that we are committed to providing the best possible care, right in our rural community" says Michael Youso, President at Grand Itasca.

For a severely injured person, the time between sustaining an injury and receiving definitive care is the most important predictor of survival—the "golden hour." The chance of survival diminishes with time; however, a trauma system enhances the chance of survival regardless of proximity to an urban trauma hospital.

"At Grand Itasca, being a trauma 3 trauma center means we are able to care for most trauma patients right here" says Kathy Helmbrecht, Director of Critical Care Services at Grand Itasca. "For very serious trauma cases, we are able to stabilize patients at Grand Itasca and work with our local emergency transport partners to get patients to Duluth or the Twin Cities to receive a higher level of trauma care."

"Trauma is the third leading cause of death in Minnesota," said Minnesota Commissioner of Health Jan Malcolm. "The goal of the trauma system is to decrease injured patients' time to care by making sure their medical needs are appropriately matched with hospital resources. With the designation of Grand Itasca as a level 3 trauma hospital, we are getting closer to our goal of ensuring that seriously injured Minnesotans have access to an organized system of trauma care wherever they are in the state."

On average, trauma claims the lives of 2,400 Minnesotans annually. States with trauma systems have seen survival rates increase by 15 to 20 percent. Wide-scale participation in the voluntary trauma system ensures that a statewide, cooperative effort is in place to care for seriously injured patients.

Minnesota began developing a comprehensive statewide trauma system in August of 2005. Through its designation, Grand Itasca recognizes the vital role that communities, ambulance services, hospitals and health care professionals play in the care and management of trauma patients.

For more information, see the Minnesota Statewide Trauma System site at http://www.health.state.mn.us/traumasystem/

Grand Itasca trauma committee team members pictured (left to right): Amanda Elliott, RN, Trauma Clinical Lead; Kathy Helmbrecht, RN, Director of Critical Care Services; Dr. John Kole, General Surgeon; Mary Spoden, Clinical Data Analyst; Anne Marie Hewitt, RN, Trauma Clinical Lead

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