Research Medical Center
July 18, 2011

WHO: Research Medical Center Emergency Room/Level 1 Trauma Center

WHAT: Celebrating the Level 1 Trauma Center, the highest level designated by the Missouri Department of Health.

WHEN: 4:30 – 6:30 p.m., Monday, July 18, 2011. Presentation at 5 p.m. by Smokey Dyer, Chief of Kansas City Fire Department; H. Scott Bjerke, MD, FACS, Medical Director of Trauma Center, and Kevin J. Hicks, Chief Executive Officer, Research Medical Center.

WHERE: Research Medical Center Level 1 Trauma Center, 2316 E. Meyer Blvd., Kansas City, Mo.

WHY: According to the Trauma Center Association of America (TCAA), traumatic injuries—such as motorcycle and car crashes, assaults and falls from significant heights—are the cause of nearly 170,000 deaths each year in the United States. That accounts for 400 deaths each day—many of which can be prevented. In its continuing commitment to the community to provide excellent medical care, Research Medical Center has been named a Level 1 Trauma Center, the highest level designated by the Missouri Department of Health. This designation reflects Research Medical Center’s—part of HCA Midwest Health System, Kansas City’s largest healthcare network—dedication to provide advanced life-saving emergency and trauma care 24 hours a day, seven days a week. To become a Level 1 Trauma Center, Research Medical Center met stringent regulations. Additionally, each member of the trauma team—physicians, surgeons and nurses—fulfilled strict education requirements. Research Medical Center has five trauma surgeons on the Level 1 Trauma Center team, plus a hand surgeon and two orthopedic traumatologists that can provide care for complex pelvic fractures. “It’s not often that a designated Level 1 Trauma Center has a specially trained orthopedic traumatologist, let alone two,” says Carla Sage, Trauma Center service director.