Allegan General Hospital Earns Level IV Trauma Certification


Allegan General Hospital’s Emergency Room (ER) has received a Level IV Trauma Center designation from the state of Michigan. This designation means Allegan’s ER has demonstrated the ability to provide advanced trauma life support (ATLS) prior to transfer to a higher level trauma center in the area. This includes the evaluation, stabilization and diagnostic capabilities for injured patients.

“Our Level IV Trauma Designation demonstrates our commitment to the community to provide exceptional, accurate, and timely care so each patient experiences the best possible outcome,” shares Kathy Chapman, DNP, RN – Chief Clinical Officer at Allegan General Hospital (AGH).

“We want the best for our patients and are pleased to be able to provide this level of care in Allegan,” says Dee Hoffman, MBA, BSN, RN -- Director of Emergency Services at AGH. “Patients with severe injuries require the quickest intervention possible. Receiving the designation as a Level IV Trauma Center means we are equipped to treat all types of traumatic injuries, stabilize the injured person and get them very quickly to the next level of care so they can experience the best possible outcome. Receiving that first crucial and often life- saving intervention may make the difference between a patient having the best outcome and a poor outcome.”

The state of Michigan evaluated Allegan General Hospital on 17 different areas. Areas ranged from emergency medicine, trauma systems, disaster plans, radiology, lab and community outreach.

Elements of a Level IV Trauma Center include:

  • Basic emergency department facilities to implement ATLS protocols and 24-hour laboratory coverage. Available trauma nurse(s) and physicians available upon patient arrival.
  • May provide surgery and critical-care services if available. 
  • Has developed transfer agreements for patients requiring more comprehensive care at a Level I or Level II Trauma Center. 
  • Incorporates a comprehensive quality assessment program
  • Involved with prevention efforts and must have an active outreach program for its referring communities. 

 All of AGH’s ER physicians are Board Certified and all of its ER nurses have had specialized training and certification in caring for and treating the injured trauma patient.

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