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Friday Oct. 07, 2022
Broward Health Medical Center Receives Level 1 Trauma Verification from American College of Surgeons

FORT LAUDERDALE, FLORIDA -- Broward Health Medical Center was recently verified as a Level 1 Trauma Center by the American College of Surgeons. The significant achievement highlights the hospital's dedication to providing optimal care for critically injured patients. 

Photo of exterior of Broward Health Medical Center showing front entrance with cars lined up“This verification recognizes the incredible dedication of our trauma caregivers who strive to provide the highest level of care to our patients,” said Heather Havericak, CEO of Broward Health Medical Center. “We are proud to serve as a leading trauma facility in our community and are equipped to handle the most complex cases.”

The hospital was reviewed by the Verification Review Committee (VRC), an ad hoc group of the Committee on Trauma (COT) of the American College of Surgeons. The committee confirmed that Broward Health Medical Center meets the essential criteria that ensure trauma care capability and institutional performance.

The verification underscores that the Fort Lauderdale hospital has the resources necessary for trauma care and meets the entire spectrum of care for all injured patients, from pre-hospitalization through the rehabilitation process. 

The American C
ollege of Surgeons is a scientific and educational association of surgeons that was founded in 1913 to raise the standards of surgical education and practice and to improve the care of the surgical patient. 

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