RWJUH First New Jersey Hospital to Be Verified as a Pediatric Trauma Center

Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital (RWJUH), in collaboration with Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, was the first hospital in New Jersey to be verified as a Level II Pediatric Trauma Center by the American College of Surgeons (ACS).

RWJUH’s trauma center has a long history of treating injured children and sought an additional level of verification from the ACS. The ACS Committee on Trauma’s verification is important for the consumer since verification confirms that a trauma center has demonstrated its commitment to providing the highest quality trauma care for all injured patients from the prehospital phase through the rehabilitation process.

The entire RWJUH trauma team, from surgeons to nurses to support personnel and administrators, are fully and completely dedicated to improving the outcome from traumatic injuries for all of our children, said Pediatric Trauma Medical Director Yi-Horng Lee, MD, associate professor of surgery and chief, Division of Pediatric Surgery, at Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School.

“The Bristol-Myers Squibb Children’s Hospital was opened 10 years ago in New Brunswick to provide expert, comprehensive pediatric care for all the children in central New Jersey. As an important part of the hospital’s mission, children with traumatic injuries have received specialized trauma care by RWJUH’s renowned trauma program. This ACS verification reflects the continued excellence and superb outcomes that have marked this outstanding program,” Lee said.

“As an ACS-verified Pediatric Trauma Center in New Jersey, RWJUH and BMSCH will now be the state resource for the care of injured children in our region, from acute pediatric trauma care to injury prevention and trauma education,” Lee added. “RWJUH has made certain that every injured child in New Jersey has a dedicated facility to ensure that their medical care is continually available, compassionate, family-centered, up-to-date and spans the entire trauma spectrum, from EMS responders in the field through pediatric trauma resuscitation, critical care, and recovery, including pediatric rehabilitation at Children’s Specialized Hospital.”

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