Sanford Aberdeen Earns Level IV Trauma Certification

Accreditation awarded on first review

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(Aberdeen, SD) — Sanford Aberdeen has been awarded Level IV trauma certification from the American College of Surgeons and has been designated as a trauma hospital through the state of South Dakota’s trauma system.

In order to undergo evaluation for Level IV trauma certification, a facility must be operational for at least one year.

By fall 2013 Sanford Aberdeen had met the time requirement and was visited by the South Dakota Department of Health trauma site review team, consisting of South Dakota Office of Rural Health employees: Marty Link, Trauma Program Manager, Doug Schmitz, MD, FACS, Trauma Surgeon Reviewer and Kim Todd, RN, Trauma Coordinator Reviewer.

“The strong commitment of your facility and staff to provide quality trauma care to the acutely injured patient is evident and is to be commended,” commented Marty Link, trauma program manager for the South Dakota Office of Rural Health.

“As a new facility it is exciting to be awarded certification on the first evaluation. It is a testament to the skill and dedication of the expert team at Sanford Aberdeen,” said Sanford Aberdeen director of trauma and emergency department Kirby Kleffman.

Sanford Aberdeen is the only emergency department in the region where all of the emergency department physicians are emergency medicine residency trained and current in advanced trauma life support.

After being operational for another year, Sanford Aberdeen will be eligible to undergo evaluation for designation as a Level III trauma center.

About Sanford Aberdeen:
Sanford Aberdeen Clinic serves the health care needs of Aberdeen and the surrounding area with a medical staff consisting of over fifty providers ranging from family medicine to advanced sub-specialty practices for both children and adults.

Sanford Aberdeen Medical Center is a state-of-the-art hospital designed to meet the growing health care needs of the Aberdeen region and its communities. The 48-bed medical center is directly attached to the established multi-specialty Sanford Aberdeen Clinic; and is a full service regional hospital that includes adult and pediatric care, emergency/trauma, labor and delivery, critical care, cardiac cath lab, inpatient and outpatient surgical and procedural areas, inpatient and outpatient therapies, laboratory and imaging services.

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