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Tampa General Hospital's Pediatric Trauma Center's Elite Designation Extended

Published: Jan 31, 2014

By Tampa General Hospital


January 31, 2014 (Tampa, FL) - Tampa General Hospital Children's Medical Center’s Level I pediatric verification has been extended for an additional two years by the American College of Surgeons Committee on Trauma (COT).  This achievement recognizes the trauma center’s dedication to providing optimal care for injured patients.  TGH is the only verified Level 1 pediatric trauma center in Florida and one of only 44 such centers in the nation.  Level 1 designates the highest level of trauma care. The COT’s Consultation/ Verification Program for Hospitals was established by the American College of Surgeons in 1987. It promotes trauma centers to support the entire spectrum of care to address the needs of all injured patients, from the pre-hospital phase through rehabilitation. The American College of Surgeon’s is a scientific and educational association of surgeons that was founded in 1913 to raise the standards of surgical education and practice and to improve the care of the surgical patient. The College has over 72,000 members and it is the largest association of surgeons in the world. In addition to pediatric verification, Tampa General’s Level 1 Trauma Center (for adults) is the only verified trauma center of any category in Florida. For more information, go to www.facs.org/trauma/verified.html