Level I Trauma Center Re-Verification

Immediate (November 30, 2007)
Collin Parker
Marketing & Communications
(802) 847-2886
BURLINGTON, VT - Fletcher Allen has received a three-year re-verification of its status as a Level I Trauma Center for adult patients.  The Level I Trauma Center designation is the highest accreditation given to trauma services and comes after a meticulous evaluation by the American College of Surgeons.

A Level I Trauma Center is capable of providing complete care for every aspect of injury.  The designation means that trauma patients have the highest priority and immediate access to all the resources in the academic health center around the clock.

Fletcher Allen is the only Level I Trauma Center in Vermont, and every year approximately 1,200 patients are admitted for traumatic injuries.  In 1994, Fletcher Allen's trauma service was the first in the nation to be verified at Level I for both adult and pediatric patients.  It was re-verified as a Level I Trauma Center in 1997, 2001, and 2004.

"We are honored to again receive this recognition," said Bruce Crookes, M.D., director of the Trauma division at Fletcher Allen.  "But more importantly, we are proud of our ability to provide the best possible care for patients in our community."

The American College of Surgeons, based in Chicago, is a scientific and educational association of surgeons founded in 1913 to raise the standards of surgical education and practice and to improve the care of the surgical patient. The College has 71,000 members and is the largest association of surgeons in the world.