Deer Valley Medical Center has earned the American College of Surgeons (ACS) Level III Trauma Center designation. The facility's 35-bed emergency department cares for 60,000 patients each year and includes an accredited Chest Pain Center with PCI.
As a Level III Trauma Center, Deer Valley Medical Center has demonstrated an ability to provide prompt assessment, resuscitation, surgery, intensive care, and stabilization of injured patients and emergency operations.
According to the ACS, a Level III Trauma Center meets the following criteria:
- 24-hour immediate coverage by emergency medicine physicians and the prompt availability of general surgeons and anesthesiologists.
- A comprehensive quality assessment program.
- Transfer agreements for patients requiring more comprehensive care at a Level I or Level II Trauma Center.
- Provision of back-up care for rural and community hospitals.
- Continued education of the nursing and allied health personnel or the trauma team.
- Involvement with prevention efforts and an active outreach program for its referring communities.
Level III requires surgeons on call to have Advanced Trauma Life Support (ATLS) accreditation from the American College of Surgeons. ATLS teaches a standard approach for trauma assessment and treatment so the most time-critical interventions are performed first.
Deer Valley's trauma doctors are the same board-certified trauma surgeons who care for patients at the Level I Trauma Center at John C. Lincoln Medical Center.
The Deer Valley facility also gives physicians access to many of the medical profession's latest technologies such as a 16-slice Toshiba Aquilon CT scanner, a critical piece of equipment for diagnosing and treating potentially life-threatening injuries.