January 13, 2020
North Suburban increases its expertise and support for the North Denver community
HCA/HealthONE's North Suburban Medical Center has been designated a Level II Trauma Center by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE). This achievement recognizes North Suburban's ability to serve the most vulnerable and critically injured patients.
The Level II designation makes North Suburban Medical Center the only level II trauma center in Adams County, Colorado, and empowers the hospital to provide encompassing trauma care for patients in Thornton, Northglenn, Federal Heights, Westminster, Henderson, Commerce City and neighborhoods in Broomfield and Arvada.
"North Suburban prides itself as a center of excellence for our community," said Daphne David, president and CEO of North Suburban Medical Center. "With the level II trauma designation, we are now able to serve our community members when they need us the most, by restoring their health and function after serious injuries while providing world-class trauma care close to home."
The trauma program at North Suburban has been in development for several years, and prides itself for comprehensive standardized trauma care through a team of experts who specialize in the treatment of complex traumatic injuries and are available 24/7 year round. In addition to expanding the clinical expertise and teamwork in trauma management, North Suburban also increased its capacity by opening a new state-of-the-art modern intensive care unit with 12 additional beds in 2019.
"All of the life-threatening traumatic injuries that once required transfer to other hospitals, including severe chest trauma, pelvic and abdominal injuries, gun shot or stab wound injuries - can now all be taken care of within the community at North Suburban Medical Center," said Philip Stahel, MD, chief medical officer at North Suburban Medical Center. "We pride ourselves for having recruited the only fellowship-trained orthopedic trauma surgeon in north Denver, Dr. Darryl Auston, who is an expert in restoring complex high-energy fractures and soft tissue injuries."
In addition to the medical and surgical expertise in place, the trauma program at North Suburban Medical Center also focuses on injury prevention. North Suburban colleagues work to identify injury trends in the service area and develop educational programs to help keep the community safe and protected from preventable injuries. In recent years, North Suburban has educated hundreds of community members on how to stop bleeding during emergencies, provided education to local EMS agencies on how to manage injuries in the field, and hosted several educational events for local residents in several other areas such as fall prevention, teen driving safety, and other areas of injury prevention.
"As a designated level II trauma center, not only are we empowered to save lives after major trauma, but we are also called to partner with our community members to prevent injuries," said Ellen Duran, RN, injury prevention coordinator at North Suburban Medical Center. "Educating and connecting with children, parents, and older adults in the community to keep them safe is one of the most rewarding elements of our work for the community."