Sharing Our Trauma Expertise
MetroHealth signed agreements with Mercy Health Lorain Hospital and Fisher-Titus Health in October 2018 to bring our acclaimed trauma care closer to home for residents in Lorain and Huron counties.
On July 1, 2019, MetroHealth trauma surgeons began rotating at Mercy Health Lorain to provide 24/7 trauma care.
MetroHealth’s highly skilled and experienced Level I Adult Trauma providers now work in collaboration with Mercy Health Lorain to operate the Level III Trauma Center. MetroHealth also provides training and education for Mercy Health Lorain nurses and other staff to build upon Mercy's high standards for care.
"We are always looking at ways to adapt and respond to the needs of the families we serve," said Gil Palmer, MD, Mercy Health Lorain's Chief Medical Officer. "There was a gap in the county where a trauma program would fit, and now, we have worked to bring one to life."
The partnership with Fisher-Titus Health involves co-management of the existing Level III Trauma Center at Fisher-Titus in Huron County with MetroHealth physician and operational leadership. Specialized MetroHealth trauma surgeons work in collaboration with Fisher-Titus physicians and staff to provide trauma care for patients. A MetroHealth medical director and trauma coordinator manage day-to-day trauma operations.
"We are excited to partner with this locally and nationally recognized provider of trauma care," said Brent Burkey, MD, President, Fisher-Titus Health.
"MetroHealth is renowned for its trauma care," said Bernie Boulanger, MD, MetroHealth's executive vice president and chief clinical officer. "These partnerships save lives and keep patients closer to their families and loved ones as they recover."
According to the American Trauma Society, a Level III Trauma Center must demonstrate the ability to provide "prompt assessment, resuscitation, surgery, intensive care and stabilization of injured patients and emergency operations." Level III Trauma Centers include 24-hour immediate coverage by emergency medicine physicians and the prompt availability of general surgeons and anesthesiologists.