Wisconsin Department of Health Services recently conducted a successful site review of Gundersen St. Joseph’s emergency department and its ability to provide trauma level care.

Site reviews are conducted to assure an inclusive and integrated system of resources are available to respond to traumatically injured patients. The site review includes evaluation of protocols, staff education and equipment as well as a review of real life emergency cases to provide feedback and highlight areas for improvement.

In a letter to Gundersen St. Joseph’s CEO Danni Gearhart, Jonathan Meiman, MD, Chief Medical Officer and State Epidemiologist of the Wisconsin Department of Health Services states, “I congratulate you and the staff of Gundersen St. Joseph’s Hospital and Clinics for achieving its classification as a Level IV Trauma Care Facility. This is truly impressive and we commend your hospital staff for its ongoing commitment to providing quality care to trauma patients in your area.”

“At Gundersen St Joseph’s, we know that in a trauma, local and immediate access to highly trained medical care saves lives,” says Cayle Tompkins, MD, emergency and urgent care provider at Gundersen St. Joseph’s Hospital. “This recertification as a level IV trauma center reflects the hard work, diligent preparation and professionalism of our staff. We will continue to strive to provide the highest quality trauma care close to home.”

The trauma classification system recognizes that all hospitals play an important role in providing optimal treatment to traumatically injured patients. Trauma level IV facilities are able to provide stabilization and advanced trauma life support prior to patients being transferred to higher level facilities such as Gundersen Lutheran Medical Center in La Crosse which is designated Level II.

“Achieving State of Wisconsin Department of Health Services trauma certification validates our facility’s commitment to embrace the latest in trauma training and technology,” says Scott Larson, PharmD, director of Gundersen St. Joseph’s emergency department. “It indicates our desire to work with a larger and more diverse system to offer the best support to our staff and the best care to our patients.”