Breck Medical Clinic re-certified Level V Trauma Centers |

Breck Medical Clinic re-certified Level V Trauma Centers

Summit Daily/Kristin Anderson

BRECKENRIDGE – Breckenridge Medical Clinic recently passed a re-certification test to stay a Level V Trauma Center with a perfect score from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment Trauma Services Division.”I am very proud of the team of hard working individuals at Breckenridge Medical Clinic that made this happen,” said Dr. Bernard Riberdy in a press release. “This perfect survey score is a testimony to BMC’s commitment to providing excellence in trauma care for our community. I look forward to continued refinements and improvements in our program.”The clinic has maintained this designation status since 1999, and is one of the three trauma designated facilities in the county. Basically, being a Level V Trauma Center means the clinic provides initial evaluation, stabilization and treatment. It also may provide surgical and critical care services, ensuring that a trauma-trained nurse is immediately available and physicians are available when a patient arrives in the emergency department. The trauma designation program works with facilities to improve their capacity to identify and care for trauma patients, according to a press release by St. Anthony Hospitals and Mountain Facilities. Beginning with extensive technical assistance and ending with the regulatory function of trauma designation, the program makes sure trauma care standards are met. In 2006, the number of injury deaths in the state was 2,937, making trauma the leading cause of death for Coloradans ages 1to 44, the release said. Also, studies indicate that 30 percent to 40 percent of all trauma deaths occur within one hour of injury, and that 30 percent to 40 percent of these deaths are preventable if timely, appropriate care is received.Kelley Lau, RN, Trauma Coordinator at the Breckenridge Medical Clinic said in the release, “The Breckenridge Medical Clinic is the best place to go for ski and snowboard injuries. Our staff is superb and experienced at treating all levels of trauma short of surgery, from managing fractures to infusing blood products.” Breckenridge Medical Clinic is a joint venture facility operated by affiliates of Centura Health and HealthONE, and is associated with St. Anthony Summit Medical Center in Frisco, St. Anthony Granby Medical Center in Granby and mountain clinics in Winter Park, Keystone and Copper Mountain.

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