Alameda Health System (AHS) announced that its Highland Hospital campus has been verified as a Level II Trauma Center by the American College of Surgeons (ACS). Less than 10 percent of hospitals in the state of California have earned this important classification, based on totals provided by the American Hospital Directory.
The Level II Trauma Center verification recognizes Highland Hospital's dedication and ability to provide the optimal level of care to patients with severe and often life-threatening injuries. The hospital underwent a rigorous on-site review by the ACS Verification Review Committee to ensure the hospital and medical staff meet essential criteria relating to trauma care capability and institutional performance.
The on-site review was conducted by a team of experts in the field of trauma, and included analysis of the full spectrum of care, including the pre-hospital phase through the rehabilitation process. The ACS verification process was established in 1987 as a method of promoting the development of trauma centers to provide the necessary hospital resources to address the trauma needs of all patients. The ACS advocates for surgical patients across the country, and is the largest association of surgeons in the world with more than 72,000 members.