December 16, 2019
Reston, VA — Reston Hospital has received verification as a Level II Trauma Center by the American College of Surgeons (ACS) for a period of three years through the year 2022. This achievement recognizes the trauma center's dedication to providing optimal care for injured patients.
“We are extremely proud that our Level II Trauma verification survey by the ACS review committee showed zero deficiencies,” said John Deardorff, President and CEO of Reston Hospital Center and HCA's Northern Virginia market. “The trauma team here at Reston works diligently to ensure that we provide the highest quality of care to our community in the event of a severe injury or traumatic situation.”
As a Level II Trauma Center, Reston Hospital is able to initiate definitive care for all patients by providing 24/7 on-site general trauma surgeons required to be at bedside within 15 minutes. In addition, trauma experts with a variety of surgical specialties are on call 24/7 and required to be at bedside within 30 minutes. Fundamental specialists include orthopedic surgeons, neuro surgeons and plastic surgeons. Further, Reston offers robotic-assisted spine care and physicians that concentrate in the treatment of hand injuries.
Established by the American College of Surgeons in 1987, the 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 pre-hospital 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 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. Reston, which received its’ first designation in 2017, was also re-designated as a Level II Trauma Center through 2022 this fall by Virginia’s Department of Health.