Methodist Northlake Gears Up to Win Trauma Verification!

MDMethodist Northlake has embraced becoming the first Level III “in the process” Trauma Center in NWI, said Jennifer Mullen, RN, Trauma Program Coordinator (left). As a result, initial skepticism has given way to a willing staff pulling together to ensure that the “entire hospital” becomes a trauma center. “The focus of the entire hospital is on serving the right patient in the right place at the right time,” Jennifer said. That means that the right resources are in place, with specialized trauma teams available and literally hundreds of other protocols implemented hospital-wide. It is not just a change in mentality, but is driven by “big data” that Mullen and her data team review to measure performance along with Rueben Rutland, M.D., Trauma Medical Director (right). It’s paying off with lives saved. During its first full year in 2015, this team served 845 trauma patients, up 56% over 2014 when it was first designated.  This year, the number of trauma patients is on pace, although a few patients from south county are now being transported to another newly-named Level III trauma center at Franciscan’s Health Crown Point. Meanwhile, Northlake was named an “in process” trauma center back in August, 2014. Then it had its first “consultation” visit last October by the American College of Surgeons. With the second visit scheduled for next February, the hospital is gearing up to earn full verification as the region’s first trauma center. “We’ll be ready,” Jennifer said.

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