Great Medical Programs – MidHudson Regional Hospital: Trauma Center
The First and Only ACS-verified Level II Trauma Center in the Hudson Valley
MidHudson Regional Hospital’s George T. Whalen Family Trauma Center was recently named the first and only trauma center in the Hudson Valley to be verified Level II from the American College of Surgeons (ACS). The hospital earned this designation following a rigorous peer review process. The trauma center at MidHudson Regional – one of the busiest and most-experienced Level II trauma centers in the state – was recognized for its strict adherence to best practice guidelines, its demonstrated efficiency of treatment, its investment in the continuing education of clinicians and staff, and its institutional commitment to excellence in trauma care.
Commitment to Excellence in Trauma Care
MidHudson Regional Hospital’s team of full-time, board-certified trauma surgeons, and its elite group of neurosurgeons, orthopedic surgeons, vascular surgeons, anesthesiologists, radiologists, reconstructive surgeons and other specialists handle more than 900 trauma cases each year.
Arriving patients are quickly received at the hospital’s emergency department, which is equipped with three fully functional trauma bays to meet the needs of critically ill and injured patients. Each bay has state-of-the-art neurosurgical, orthopedic, vascular and other life-saving equipment at the ready.
When Seconds Count, Exemplary Trauma Care in Transit Helps Save Lives
Transport vehicles from MidHudson Regional Hospital to the WMCHealth Network’s ACS-verified Level I adult and pediatric trauma centers at Westchester Medical Center and Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital are equipped with secure, live mobile monitoring technology. WMCHealth’s advanced care on-call physicians located anywhere in the destination hospital can see and speak with patients and ambulance personnel during transport.
Tablets stabilized on secure mounts are equipped with specially designed software, secure video connections and the latest advancements in direct transmission of medical records, test results and other vital medical information to allow comprehensive pre-hospital emergency services while patients are in transit. Specialists across the network are thus able to provide life-saving interventions and integrated, highly specialized care to patients immediately upon their arrival at their destination hospital.
Successfully treating a traumatic injury is an extremely time-sensitive matter. When seconds count, MidHudson Regional Hospital is easily accessible via air. Our helipad allows for quick transport both to MidHudson Regional, and to the other elite trauma care facilities in the WMCHealth Network.
Prevention Education and Community Outreach
Beyond providing the best trauma care available in the mid-Hudson Valley, the hospital’s trauma team actively works to educate community members about trauma prevention. Each year, area seniors are invited to MidHudson Regional Hospital for a complimentary fall prevention workshop featuring 10 stations focused on understanding potential risks for falls, learning to optimize balance, removing hazards in the home and other vital information. MidHudson Regional also offers Tai Chi classes to help improve balance and reduce the risk of in-home trauma, and regularly hosts bicycle helmet fittings for children and teenagers. The trauma team is available to work with local school districts to provide essential guidance in times of crisis or during emergency situations.
Fast Track Registration and Evaluation for Non-Emergency Care
Patients who come to the emergency department with comparatively minor ailments benefit from the hospital’s expedited Fast Track medical care program. Non-life threatening illnesses and injuries – such as allergic reactions, eye-ear-nose complaints, lacerations that may be controlled with direct pressure, wound checks and more – are usually treated within 30 minutes or less by dedicated emergency department staff in a separate specialized area.
For more information about the George T. Whalen Family Trauma Center or to find a physician, visit MidHudsonRegional.org/Trauma or call (845) 483-5000.
MidHudson Regional Hospital
241 North Road
Poughkeepsie, NY 12601