Press Release

For Immediate Release
Jan 29, 2008
Contact : Michael Valentino  
732-751-7538
mvalentino@meridianhealth.com

JERSEY SHORE REGIONAL TRAUMA CENTER EARNS NATIONAL DISTINCTION

Regional trauma center for Monmouth and Ocean Counties Verified by the American College of Surgeons  

Neptune, NJ - Jersey Shore Regional Trauma Center at Jersey Shore University Medical Center recently received re-verification by the American College of Surgeons (ACS) as a Level II trauma center for adults and children – a distinction earned by only a handful of New Jersey hospitals. First achieving verification by the ACS in 1990, Jersey Shore's re-verification recognizes its significant dedication to providing quality care for the most seriously injured patients in our community.

The Jersey Shore Regional Trauma Center is the only trauma center in Monmouth and Ocean counties. Providing advanced care for people suffering traumatic and critical injuries, the Trauma Center is staffed 24 hours a day, seven days a week, by full-time, board-certified trauma surgeons, as well as registered nurses, technicians, and staff specially trained in trauma care. The Jersey Shore Regional Trauma Center includes 24-hour diagnostics services, dedicated operating rooms, and surgical intensive care and pediatric intensive care units.

"Traumatic injury is one of the leading causes of death and loss of mobility in people 44 years old and younger," says Felix Garcia M.D., medical director, Jersey Shore Regional Trauma Center at Jersey Shore University Medical Center. "Trauma Centers serve a critical role in our nation’s communities – providing specialized expertise and technology to save lives and provide a greater quality of life for critically injured patients."

In addition to providing advanced trauma care 365 days a year, the Jersey Shore Regional Trauma Center also provides several education and safety initiatives including on-going education programs for community emergency medical technicians, child bicycle helmet and car seat safety, and drinking and driving prevention programs.

Established by the ACS in 1987, the trauma verification program promotes the development of the nation's trauma centers by determining a trauma center’s compliance with essential standards that ensure quality trauma care and optimal clinical performance. To be considered for verification, a hospital undergoes a voluntary on-site review by a team of experienced trauma surgeons, which examines the hospital's trauma capabilities, as well as the entire continuum of care for injured patients from transportation to hospitalization, through to the established rehabilitation process.

"With miles of beaches and several major highways in our region, the Jersey Shore Regional Trauma Center is an invaluable resource that has treated over 16,000 patients since first opening in 1990," says Steve Littleson, president of Jersey Shore. "We are very proud of this distinction from the American College of Surgeons, as it recognizes the tireless dedication by our entire trauma center and Jersey Shore team."