Farmington Hills, MI (July 11, 2008)--- Efforts are underway at Botsford Hospital to obtain verification as a Level II Trauma Center by summer of 2009, and Michael Rebock, D.O., has been named as the Trauma Director.
Dr. Rebock, a graduate of Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, has been a part of Botsford Hospital since his internship in 1991. Board-certified in surgery, he has served on many committees at the hospital and has served as one of the leading teachers in Botsford’s General Surgery Residency program.
Botsford’s trauma verification means that optimal and definitive care of injured patients will be met per the guidelines established by the American College of Surgeons (ASCOT). Comprehensive trauma care will be measured from pre-hospital care through discharge with ongoing quality measures and process improvement.
Verification is an important initiative since the local Medical Control Authorities are moving toward an exclusive State Trauma System. Michigan is one of the few states that currently does not have a state-directed Trauma System. A plan has been created at the state level and is ready to be implemented as soon as funding is secured. The plan will require that all hospitals be categorized as a Trauma facility with varying capabilities. If a facility is already a Level I or Level II ASCOT verified facility, they will remain at that level. Other facilities will be assigned a designation of a Level III or Level IV and will be restricted to the types of injuries they may treat.
Verification at Botsford will benefit the Emergency Center, inpatient areas, Surgical Services, Critical Care, the Botsford Commons Senior Community, the rehabilitation unit and the people who live, work or travel in western Wayne and Oakland counties.
Botsford Hospital, an independent 330-bed community teaching hospital in Farmington Hills, Mich., was founded in 1965. Nationally recognized for quality, safety and medical education programs, Botsford has received the 2006 Governor’s Award for Improving Patient Safety and Quality of Care in the Hospital Setting, and, in 2007, a three-year recertification as a Chest Pain Center from the Society of Chest Pain Centers. Botsford’s Web address is www.botsford.org
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