Aventura Hospital and Medical Center is pleased to announce that the Florida Department of Health has designated the hospital as a provisional Level II trauma center. The hospital began operating as such, May 1st 2015. The approval of a trauma center provides a needed access point for trauma care in northern Miami-Dade County that will facilitate life-saving trauma services for its residents and visitors. Aventura Hospital and Medical Center is part of Florida’s first statewide network of trauma centers, developed as an affiliation between the University of South Florida (USF) and HCAto improve access and outcomes of injured patients.
Designation as a Provisional Level II Trauma Center means Aventura Hospital will now receive trauma alerts from emergency medical services personnel responding to emergencies involving critical injuries. Patients are triaged by EMS in the field according to criteria for the level of trauma care and transported to the nearest trauma center capable of providing the appropriate treatment. With traumatic injury, saving time is crucial.
“Aventura Hospital and Medical Center is equipped to provide critically injured patients inAventura and the surrounding areas with timely access to medical care when saving time is crucial, which greatly increases the chance of survival,” said Dianne Goldenberg, Chief Executive Officer. “We are proud to invest in the safety and health of our community and are dedicated to serving the citizens and visitors of South Florida.”
Aventura Hospital’s quest to become a trauma center began in the fall of 2014, when the hospital filed a letter of intent to submit a Level II trauma center application in 2015. Over the last six months, the hospital has built the infrastructure for trauma services, including ER renovations to add two new, fully-equipped trauma bays, specialized equipment, and a new helipad that provides immediate access to the emergency department.
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