Highest Recognition for Pediatric Trauma Center
In February 2017, NewYork-Presbyterian/Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital was verified as a Level 1 Pediatric Trauma Center by the American College of Surgeons. “This honor sets our program apart from others in the region,” says Steven Stylianos, MD, Director of the Trauma Center and chief of Pediatric Surgery.
MSCH is the first and only hospital in Manhattan to receive this distinction.
While there are 17 trauma centers in the greater New York area, MSCH has the only Level 1 Pediatric Trauma Center in Manhattan, with over 50,000 visits for sick and injured children each year.
Previously Level 1 Trauma Centers were verified by the NY State Department of Health. The American College of Surgeons review process is much more rigorous.
“When it comes to acute injuries, our surgical units are known for their life-saving skills, including ECMO. Yet traumatic events such as broken bones and sports injuries in children are also common,” says Dr. Stylianos. “Our ability to provide comprehensive, multidisciplinary and specialized care for a wide range of problems is what makes our center unique.”
MSCH also participates in a national repository for pediatric trauma data. “Constantly checking our results against these standards,” adds Dr. Stylianos, “helps us to maintain our leadership in this field and to benchmark our care.”
The American College of Surgeons will soon review Pediatric Hospitals, applying the same high standards to recognize excellence in surgery. MSCH is well prepared for this certification process having attained recognition for its Pediatric Trauma Center.
Last December, Dr. Stylianos was named the New York State “Trauma Medical Director of Distinction” by the American Trauma Society. This award honors his dedication to all aspects of trauma care. Dr. Stylianos has created programs that help parents and siblings, teachers, coaches, and community members cope with a child’s traumatic injury, while also addressing the needs of the first responders and the ER nurses.
“Anyone who comes into contact with an injured child suffers an emotional toll,” says Jeanne Rubsam Kane, RN, CPNP, who has served as the Pediatric Trauma Manager for the past twenty years. says. “At MSCH, we believe in supporting the entire caregiving team.”