Overland Park, KS  — The Overland Park Regional Medical Center Trauma Center has been verified as Johnson County’s only Level II Trauma Center by the Verification Review Committee (VRC), an ad hoc committee of the Committee on Trauma (COT) of the American College of Surgeons (ACS). This achievement recognizes the trauma center's dedication to providing optimal care for injured patients. 

Overland Park Regional Medical Center is part of HCA Midwest Health, Kansas City’s largest healthcare provider. 

Established by the American College of Surgeons in 1987, the COT's Consultation/Verification Program for Hospitals promotes the development of trauma centers in which participants provide not only the hospital resources necessary for trauma care, but also the entire spectrum of care to address the needs of all injured patients. This spectrum encompasses the prehospital phase through the rehabilitation process. 

Verified trauma centers like Overland Park Regional Medical Center must meet the essential criteria that ensure trauma care capability and institutional performance, as outlined by the American College of Surgeons' Committee on Trauma in its current Resources for Optimal Care of the Injured Patient manual. 

“This achievement is a direct reflection of the commitment to excellence and dedication from our experienced physicians and each member of our Overland Park Regional Medical Center family,” says Overland Park Regional Medical Center CEO Matt Sogard, FACHE. “The ACS recognition represents what I witness every day from our exceptional teams who provide high-quality and compassionate healthcare to our most vulnerable patients in the communities we serve.”

“This verification is considered the gold-standard of trauma care,” says Don Fishman, D.O., Medical Director, Trauma Services.  “Our team of highly specialized physicians, nurses and other healthcare professionals are always prepared when patients need advanced care for life-threatening and critical injuries, and this is a testament to their passion for our patients.” 

The ACS Committee on Trauma's verification program does not designate trauma centers. Rather, the program provides confirmation that a trauma center has demonstrated its commitment to providing the highest quality trauma care for all injured patients. The actual establishment and the designation of trauma centers is the function of local, regional, or state health care systems agencies, such as the local emergency medical services (EMS) authority. 

There are five separate categories of verification in the COT's program. Each category has specific criteria that must be met by a facility seeking that level of verification (see attachment to this press release). Each hospital has an on-site review by a team of experienced site reviewers, who use the current Resources for the Optimal Care of the Injured Patient manual as a guideline in conducting the survey. 

The American College of Surgeons is a scientific and educational association of surgeons that was founded in 1913 to raise the standards of surgical education and practice and to improve the care of the surgical patient. The College has over 72,000 members and it is the largest association of surgeons in the world. Longstanding achievements have placed the ACS in the forefront of American surgery and have made it an important advocate for all surgical patients.

The Committee on Trauma - Verified Trauma Center