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Newburgh, NY: The trauma center at St. Luke’s Cornwall Hospital has been verified as a Level III Trauma Center through 2019 by the Verification Review Committee (VRC), an ad hoc committee of the Committee on Trauma (COT) of the American College of Surgeons (ACS). This achievement recognizes the trauma center's dedication to providing optimal care for injured patients.

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The SLCH Trauma Program officially began in May 2014, allowing the hospital to operate provisionally as an Area Trauma Center. Since that time, the SLCH trauma team has treated more than 1,000 patients, implementing policies and procedures designed to enhance the care provided to patients in need of trauma services.

In November 2016, SLCH had its trauma verification survey conducted by the American College of Surgeons Committee on Trauma. SLCH is the first hospital in New York State to receive a Level III trauma designation as a first time trauma center and is the only verified Level III Trauma Center in the Hudson Valley.

“St. Luke’s Cornwall Hospital is proud to be able to provide this community with excellent trauma care, close to home, undoubtedly leading to better outcomes and saving lives, said Joan Cusack-McGuirk, SLCH President and CEO.”

SLCH is proud to partner with Surgical Affiliates Management Group (SAMGI) in the management of SLCH’s Trauma surgeons, Nurse Practitioners and Physician Assistants. This dynamic team assists in the management of trauma patients in all areas of the hospital during a patients stay. The Trauma Program has bolstered the Kaplan Family Center for Emergency Medicine and the Emergency Department team as it continues to provide comprehensive, high-quality emergent care to patients and their families throughout the community.

Verified trauma centers must meet the essential criteria that ensure trauma care capability and institutional performance, as outlined by the American College of Surgeons' Committee on Trauma.

“Trauma emergencies happen every single day and the opportunity to provide such critical care is extremely important,” said Thomas Robb, DO, SLCH Trauma Program Medical Director. “This verification is a tribute not only to the dedication of our incredible team, but also the necessity of a trauma center in our community”

The SLCH Level III Trauma Center provides a multitude of services both within the walls of the hospital and in the community including community education to prevent trauma injuries such as “Not One More”-Teen Traffic Safety Program and a Falls Prevention Program.

The Consultation/Verification Program for Hospitals promotes the development of trauma centers in which participants provide not only the hospital resources necessary for trauma care, but also the entire spectrum of care to address the needs of all injured patients. This spectrum encompasses the prehospital phase through the rehabilitation process.

About St. Luke’s Cornwall Hospital
St. Luke’s Cornwall Hospital (SLCH) is a not-for-profit community hospital with campuses in Newburgh and Cornwall, NY. The hospital is dedicated to serving the health care needs of the Hudson Valley and has achieved excellence in the delivery of compassionate and comprehensive health care services. SLCH is also recognized as an industry leader in using information technology to improve patient care, by winning the Most Wired Award for the second year in a row. In January 2016, SLCH officially partnered with Montefiore Health System to strengthen the delivery of health care locally and enhance access to exceptional specialty care for Hudson Valley residents.