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Fletcher Allen Trauma Center Earns Highest Quality Rating for Care of Critically Injured Patients


The University of Vermont College of Medicine’s clinical teaching partner Fletcher Allen Health Care has earned recertification as a Level 1 Trauma Center for adult patients by the American College of Surgeons (ACS). The designation is the highest accreditation given to trauma services, and is granted after a rigorous evaluation by the ACS. Fletcher Allen is the only Level 1 trauma center in Vermont, and shares this status with just 102 of the 5,000 hospitals in the U.S.

Studies show that being treated at a Level 1 Trauma Center increases a seriously injured patient’s chances of survival by an estimated 20 to 25 percent. Centers that achieve ACS certification must provide:

  • Expert care for every aspect of injury from pre-hospital care through rehabilitation
  • Immediate access to a full range of specialists and equipment 24 hours a day
  • Treatment areas and operating rooms reserved for trauma cases

Additionally, Level 1 trauma centers have research programs, are leaders in trauma education and injury prevention, and are a referral resource for nearby regions.

“This certification is only possible because of the excellent coordination of care by our team of physicians, nurses, therapists, case managers, pharmacists and everyone else involved in patient care,” says John Fortune, M.D., medical director of Trauma, Burn and Critical Care Surgery at Fletcher Allen.  “We’re grateful that we’re able to provide the highest-level of life-saving care for patients in Vermont and northern New York at their time of greatest need.”

Fletcher Allen admits approximately 1,200 trauma patients per year.  It has been designated a Level 1 Trauma Center since 1994.

View and listen to video and podast interviews with Fortune regarding the capabilities of a Level 1 Trauma Center and read his Healthsource Fletcher Allen Health Care blog post about how Fletcher Allen coordinates trauma care.

The American College of Surgeons, based in Chicago, is a scientific and educational association of surgeons founded in 1913 to raise the standards of surgical education and practice and to improve the care of the surgical patient. The College has 71,000 members and is the largest association of surgeons in the world.