Medical Center of Aurora April 29, 2015

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AURORA, Colo., April 29, 2015 – Centennial Medical Plaza and Saddle Rock ER, campuses of The Medical Center of Aurora (TMCA) and part of the HealthONE System of Excellence, have both been recognized as Level IV Trauma Centers in the State of Colorado. Both facilities were met with no deficiencies or reservations when reviewed earlier this month by the Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment, leading to an automatic recommendation of the certification from the Designation Review Committee (DRC).

Pertinent factors in making this designation include the facility’s application, the evaluation and recommendations of the on-site reviewers, the best interests of trauma patients, unique attributes or circumstances that enable community needs to be met and how the facility integrates into the statewide emergency medical and trauma care system.

Additional strengths of both facilities to treat trauma patients mentioned in the reviewers’ report included additional resources available as part of the HealthONE system, assistance from The Medical Center of Aurora, which is a Level II Trauma Center, and in-house digital radiology and CT scanning.

Unlike urgent care centers, Saddle Rock ER and Centennial Medical Plaza are staffed 24/7 by board certified emergency physicians and specially trained ED nurses, allowing for timely treatment of acute illnesses or injuries, without a trip to the hospital. If hospital admission is necessary, patients can receive rapid ground or air transport to TMCA.

“We are pleased to be offering exceptional care to the community. When emergencies occur, time is of the essence, and our network makes rapid responses possible,” says Richard Hammett, CEO of TMCA.

Under normal circumstances the reviewers’ findings and recommendations would be presented at the DRC on May 7, however, any facility with no deficiencies gets an automatic recommendation. The designation of Level IV Trauma Center is valid for 18 months.

About The Medical Center of Aurora
The Medical Center of Aurora, the first community hospital in the Denver Metro area to receive two-time Magnet designation for nursing excellence by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), is an acute care hospital with specialization in cardiovascular services, neurosciences, surgery, orthopedics and women’s services. The Medical Center of Aurora is comprised of four campuses in Aurora and Centennial, Colo., including the Main Campus, located at Interstate 225 and Mississippi, the North Campus Behavioral Health facility, Centennial Medical Plaza and Saddle Rock ER. The Main Campus facility is a Level II Trauma Center with Primary Stroke Certification and Chest Pain Center accreditation, serving the eastern metro area and I-70 corridor. Licensed for 346 beds, The Medical Center of Aurora was recognized as the #4 hospital in the Denver metro area and the #4 hospital in Colorado by U.S. News & World Report (2014-2015), and was one of only nine hospitals in the country to receive the Lantern Award for Excellence in Emergency Room Care by the Emergency Nurses Association (2013). The Medical Center of Aurora and its affiliated campuses are part of the HealthONE System of Excellence. 
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