The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) was recently re-designated as an adult Level 1 Trauma Center by the American College of Surgeons. First recognized in 2017 as a Level 1 Trauma Center, the verification will last through Dec. 16. 2022.
UAMS is the only adult Level 1 Trauma Center in Arkansas. However, Arkansas Children’s Hospital has been recognized as a Level 1 Pediatric Trauma Center.
In order to be verified as a Level 1 Trauma Center, hospitals must meet government requirements and have the resources listed in the book Resources for Optimal Care of the Injured Patient, according to the American College of Surgeons.
“This is the highest level a trauma center can receive,” Steppe Mette, M.D., senior vice chancellor for UAMS Health and chief executive officer for UAMS Medical Center, said in a statement. “It recognizes the on-going commitment of our trauma team’s dedication to providing the utmost degree of trauma care in Arkansas.”
UAMS was verified as a Level 1 Trauma Center following a two-day, on-site visit and a review of trauma care over the course of 12 months.