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First Dual Certified Trauma Center


*** Rigorous American College of Surgeons Verification Process Leads to Prestigious Recognition of Trauma Programs***

STATEN ISLAND, NY – The trauma center at Richmond University Medical Center, an affiliate of the Mount Sinai Health Network, today announced that it has received verification from the American College of Surgeons (ACS) as the only dually-accredited Level I Adult Trauma Center and Level II Pediatric Trauma Center in the City of New York. This achievement, recognizing the medical center’s dedication to providing the highest levels of care for injured patients, is official recognition, following rigorous examination, by the Verification Review Committee (VRC) of the Committee on Trauma (COT) of the ACS. 

“Richmond University Medical Center’s Trauma Department is the first in New York City to be verified as a Level I Adult Trauma Center and Level II Pediatric Trauma Center by the American College of Surgeons,” stated Daniel J. Messina, Ph.D., FACHE, LNHA, President & Chief Executive Officer of Richmond University Medical Center. The specialized training, experience and skills of our surgeons, physicians, nurses and staff have been responsible for providing the highest -quality care; saving thousands of lives and improving recovery times. I must commend the leadership and entire Trauma Department team on this achievement that demonstrates our commitment to providing exceptional patient care to the Staten Island community.”

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 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.

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.

First Dual Certified Trauma Center