MVHC remains a Level IV Trauma Center

July 24, 2013

Minnesota Valley Health Center (MVHC) continues to be a Level IV trauma hospital within an organized statewide system that ensures coordinated emergency care for seriously injured patients.

"After an extensive annual review of our resources and capabilities, the Minnesota Department of Health re-designated MVHC as a Level IV trauma hospital," says Pam Williams, MVHC Interim CEO. "By meeting the standards of commitment, clinical and equipment resources, and staff training, we are once again being recognized as a hospital that can improve the time to care for seriously injured patients. This dramatically increases a patient's chance for survival."

For a severely injured person, the time between sustaining an injury and receiving definitive care is the most important predictor of survival – the "golden hour." A trauma system enhances the chance of survival regardless of the proximity to an urban trauma hospital.

"The designation is not granted without a lot of hard work at the local level," Williams says. "The Level IV designation is given to hospitals that can demonstrate their proficiency in evaluating, stabilizing and diagnosing trauma patients prior to a transfer to a larger trauma center. It acknowledges the vital role that communities, ambulance services, hospitals and healthcare professionals play in the care and management of trauma patients."

Minnesota began developing the statewide trauma system in 2005. MVHC has been a Level IV trauma hospital since 2010.

"I couldn't be more proud of our staff, volunteers and community," Williams says.

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