Keystone Medical Center receives Level V Trauma Designation |

Keystone Medical Center receives Level V Trauma Designation

Summit Daily/Brad Odekirk The Keystone Medical Center, operated by Vail Valley Medical Center, has received a Level V Trauma Designation.

Keystone – Trauma care at Keystone is officially as good as it gets in Colorado. The state recently awarded Keystone Medical Center with Level V Trauma Designation, recognizing the community care and emergency center for the high quality of its trauma care. Located at the base of Keystone Resort, adjacent to the Mountain House, Keystone Medical Center effectively has operated as a Level V trauma center since opening in 2001, when Vail Valley Medical Center purchased it from the Snake River Foundation. The Level V designation officially confirms Keystone Medical Center’s commitment and ability to care for patients suffering traumatic injuries, Holly Adnan, the center’s trauma coordinator said.

“This certification is not a requirement or regulation, rather, a commitment from the facility and its practitioners to provide a higher standard of care to our patients. It was something we wanted to do as health care providers in this community. We really value this certification,” Adnan said. Physicians and nurses are certified in emergency medicine and trauma services, which translates to the most accurate and efficient diagnosis of our patients’ injuries, said Melinda Estep, senior director of regional health services in Summit County. The state-awarded trauma designation involves a variety of components, including: — Offering state-of-the-art equipment, medicine and staff. — Performing diagnostic procedures and life-saving measures.

— Providing continuing education, which includes pre-hospital care education to local ski patrollers, Keystone Emergency Services, ambulance employees and other health care workers in the county. — Commitment to injury prevention activities within the region. — Think First Summit County, an organization that focuses on closed head injury and spinal cord injury prevention education within the elementary, middle and high schools of Summit and Park counties. — Development of policies and procedures related to the care and management of trauma patients. — Commitment to regional planning and coordination of trauma care resources within the region.

— Quality Assurance programs to monitor all care delivered to the trauma patient at Keystone Medical Center. “This certification shows the state has inspected us and proves we offer high-caliber care on a consistent and timely basis,” said Keystone Medical Center’s medical director, Dr. Buzz Potts. “It’s a sign of the desire by the Vail Valley Medical Center system to deliver high-quality care to the residents and guests of the Keystone area.” The Keystone Medical Center, which is open year-round, offers 12 beds (including two dedicated to trauma care) X-ray, physical therapy and family practice services. In the winter it is open from 8:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Spring, summer and fall, the center operates every day from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Keystone Medical Center is an affiliate of the Vail Valley Medical Center.

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