November 07, 2017
Reston Hospital Center is the first Level II Trauma Center serving Northern Virginia to open in over a decade. In October 2016, the team received its provisional designation to serve in a Level II Trauma Center capacity providing trauma care to over 1200 patients needing higher levels of care.
Reston Hospital Center’s Level II designation provides the surrounding communities of over 3 million people additional access to lifesaving trauma care, allowing emergency responders a new location to transfer patients to for immediate trauma care within the critical “golden hour” during which treatment is most effective.
“This designation is a direct result of our team’s focus on enhancing the level of care that we are able to provide to our community. Every resident in Northern Virginia needs and deserves local access to quality trauma care, particularly when minutes may make the difference between life and death,” said Dr. Ranjit Pullarkat, Medical Director of Reston Hospital Center’s Trauma Services. “Expanding our services into a trauma program enables us to deliver a higher level of care to injured patients, close to their homes and families.”
According to Mindy Carter, Director of Trauma Services, as a Level II Trauma Center, the facility is able to initiate definitive trauma care for all patients by providing 24/7 on-site trauma surgeons.
“It’s exciting to be part of such a dedicated team of people who are ready to provide a higher level of care for the injured person and their family,” said Carter. “As our communities grow, and in uncertain times of potential tragedy, it is vital that more hospitals are prepared for both individual and large-scale disasters.”
In addition to having trauma surgeons on-site, around the clock, trauma experts specializing in orthopedics, neurosurgery, anesthesiology, plastic and facial trauma, thoracic, gynecological/obstetrical, cardiac, and other surgical specialties are on call and immediately available 24/7.
“Trauma designation is a natural progression for Reston Hospital Center. As a tertiary provider in the region, we’re able to leverage the expertise of our ORs, ICUs, ED, and surgeons to care for the acutely injured trauma patient during that critical care window,” said John Deardorff, President and CEO of Reston Hospital Center.
“With the rapid growth in Northern Virginia, it’s our job to ensure that Reston can provide the higher levels of necessary care in a more accessible manner for our EMS partners and our patients,” he continued. “Every minute counts, and our ability to provide this level of care- without transfer and close to home- would not be possible without the partnership between our skilled medical staff and hospital employees.”
Dr. Ranjit Pullarkat, Medical Director of Trauma Services, Dr. Jae Lim, Trauma Lead for Neurosurgery, and Dr. Robert Beer, Trauma Lead for Orthopedics, oversee a comprehensive surgical trauma team in the following specialties:
- Trauma Surgery
- Vascular Surgery
- Thoracic Surgery
- Neurological Surgery
- Orthopedic Surgery
- Hand Surgery
- Plastic Surgery
- Maxillofacial Surgery
- Ear, Nose & Throat Surgery
- Oral Surgery
- Ophthalmic Surgery
- Gynecological Surgery/Obstetrical Surgery
- Urological Surgery
One of only 19 trauma centers in the state, Reston Hospital Center plays a critical role in emergency care in Northern Virginia. Reston Hospital Center also has advanced primary stroke and chest pain accreditation and is recognized as a top performer in heart attack, heart failure, and surgical care. Offering both adult and pediatric emergency services, staffed 24/7 by pediatric-trained emergency nurses and physician specialists, Reston Hospital Center is prepared to serve as an access point for immediate care with timely and improved access to life-saving measures for patients in need of trauma care.