Courtesy UCHealth Memorial Hospital
UCHealth Memorial Hospital Central has submitted its application to become a Level 1 Trauma Center, which would become the first such facility in Colorado outside the Denver metro area.
UCHealth Memorial Hospital Central, operated under a 40-year lease to UCHealth from the city of Colorado Springs in 2012, has applied to be a Level I Trauma Center. If approved, it would be the only hospital with the designation in Southern Colorado, meaning the most severely injured patients in our region would be sent there. Currently, some are flown to Denver.
Memorial last applied for distinguished designation in July 2015, according to its new application submitted recently to the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. In 2015, the state's review found no deficiencies; nor did it rule some criteria was “met with reservation.” But, as UCHealth Memorial notes in its new application, "There was a plan of correction (POC) required by the state to address pediatric scope of care. Since that time, UCHealth- Memorial Hospital Central has successfully completed the terms of the plan of correction. Follow-up clearance and notification of POC closure was obtained from CDPHE dated September 1, 2017."
We reported on Memorial's plans to apply
last month, before the application had actually been filed.
Now, the 302-page application is a matter of public record, although some portions have been redacted, notably all the data regarding numbers of trauma patients seen at Memorial, which the UCHealth affiliate regards as proprietary.
While the hospital considers El Paso and Teller counties its primary service area, the facility serves a wide geographic area that includes portions of three states for top level trauma services, as shown on this map. The service area is marked with a black dotted line:
Memorial Hospital Central Level 1 Trauma application
The hospital is to undergo a site inspection on Jan. 15 and 16. Word on its designation is expected in April. Memorial Central is currently a Trauma 2 facility, which is assigned to facilities unable to provide the top level of care, although Memorial officials say its been providing top trauma care for some time.
The application details the types of care provided at UCHealth Memorial, who provides it, their credentials and various policies surrounding trauma care. Read the application here:
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