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

Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital (RWJUH), in collaboration with Robert Wood Johnson Medical School is the first hospital in New Jersey to be verified as a 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.

“New Jersey always has been a leader in the acute care and management of pediatric patients. The founding and ACS verification of the first Pediatric Trauma Center in the history of New Jersey at RWJUH, the Bristol-Myers Squibb Children’s Hospital (BMSCH) at RWJUH and Robert Wood Johnson Medical School are a natural progression of our shared commitment and vision,” said Vicente H. Gracias, M.D., Interim Dean at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School.

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 Program Director Yi-Horng Lee, M.D., associate professor of surgery and chief, Division of Pediatric Surgery, at 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 new ACS verification reflects the continued excellence and superb outcomes that have marked this outstanding program,” Lee said.

“As the only ACS-designated 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.”

About the American College of Surgeons The American College of Surgeons is a scientific and educational association of surgeons that was founded in 1913 to raise the standards of surgical education and practice and to improve the care of the surgical patient. The College has over 72,000 members and it is the largest association of surgeons in the world. Longstanding achievements have placed the ACS in the forefront of American surgery and have made it an important advocate for all surgical patients.

About Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School

As one of the nation’s leading comprehensive medical schools, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School is dedicated to the pursuit of excellence in education, research, health care delivery, and the promotion of community health. Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, the medical school’s principal affiliate, comprise one of the nation’s premier academic medical centers. In addition, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School has 34 other hospital affiliates and ambulatory care sites throughout the region.

Part of Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School encompasses 20 basic science and clinical departments, hosts centers and institutes including The Cardiovascular Institute, the Child Health Institute of New Jersey, the Center for Advanced Biotechnology and Medicine, the Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences Institute, and the Stem Cell Institute of New Jersey. The medical school maintains educational programs at the undergraduate, graduate and postgraduate levels on its campuses in New Brunswick and Piscataway and provides continuing education courses for health care professionals and community education programs. To learn more about Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, visit rwjms.rutgers.edu or interact via social media at www.facebook.com/RWJMedicalSchool and www.twitter.com/RWJMS.

About the Bristol-Myers Squibb Children’s Hospital at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital

The Bristol-Myers Squibb Children’s Hospital (BMSCH) at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital (RWJUH) remains as the focal point of New Brunswick’s growing children’s health campus. As New Jersey’s largest free-standing, state-designated acute care children’s hospital, the state-of-the-art facility is specially designed to care for children. BMSCH has nearly 10,000 inpatient admissions and 22,000 pediatric emergency room visits annually.

From pediatric surgery, urology and cardiology to oncology, hematology and pulmonology, BMSCH’s specialists and intensivists provide advanced care for children of all ages—from fragile newborns to adolescents.

BMSCH consistently ranks among the top-rated children’s hospitals in America for patient satisfaction. In fact, BMSCH’s patient satisfaction scores are in the top 1 percent of all children’s hospitals nationwide.

As an academic hospital, BMSCH is able to draw upon the resources of Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, one of the nation’s leading comprehensive medical schools. To learn more about BMSCH, please visit www.bmsch.org.

About Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital

Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital (RWJUH) is a 965-bed academic medical center with campuses in New Brunswick and Somerville, NJ. Its Centers of Excellence include cardiovascular care from minimally invasive heart surgery to transplantation, cancer care, stroke care, neuroscience, joint replacement, and women’s and children’s care including The Bristol-Myers Squibb Children’s Hospital at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital (www.bmsch.org). As the flagship Cancer Hospital of Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey and the principal teaching hospital of Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School in New Brunswick, RWJUH is an innovative leader in advancing state-of-the-art care. A Level 1 Trauma Center and the only Pediatric Trauma Center in the state, RWJUH’s New Brunswick campus serves as a national resource in its ground-breaking approaches to emergency preparedness.

RWJUH has been ranked among the best hospitals in America by U.S. News & World Report seven times and has been selected by the publication as a high performing hospital in numerous specialties. The Bristol-Myers Squibb Children’s Hospital has been ranked among the best hospitals in America by U.S. News & World Report for three consecutive years.

Both the New Brunswick and Somerset campuses have earned significant national recognition for clinical quality and patient safety, including the prestigious Magnet® Award for Nursing Excellence, an “A” patient safety rating from the Leapfrog Group and “Most Wired” designation by Hospitals and Health Networks Magazine. The Joint Commission and the New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services have designated the New Brunswick Campus as a Comprehensive Stroke Center and the Somerset Campus as a Primary Stroke Center.

The American College of Surgeons’ Commission on Cancer has rated RWJUH New Brunswick among the nation’s best comprehensive cancer centers and designated the Steeplechase Cancer Center at RWJ Somerset as a Comprehensive Community Cancer Center. The Joint Surgery Center at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Somerset has earned the Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval for total knee and total hip replacement surgery.

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