Providence Alaska Medical Center earns Pediatric Level II Trauma Center designation

February 01, 2017

Hospital is first in state recognized for comprehensive trauma care for children


Anchorage, AK — Providence Alaska Medical Center has been designated as a Pediatric Level II Trauma Center. The hospital received verification from the Verification Review Committee, an ad hoc committee of the Committee on Trauma of the American College of Surgeons. Providence received the notification on Tuesday, Jan. 31.  

At Pediatric Level II Trauma Centers, surgeons, operating room staff, anesthesiologists and emergency department nurses and physicians are available to provide care at all times to pediatric trauma patients. This level of care extends from patients treated in the Emergency Department in Providence Alaska Medical Center to the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit in The Children’s Hospital at Providence.

“Providence continues to work with our physician partners to ensure our patients receive the best care possible,” said Richard Mandsager, M.D., chief executive, Providence Alaska Medical Center. “Being able to provide optimal trauma care to our pediatric patients is another example of our commitment to Alaska’s children.”

Elements of a Pediatric Level II Trauma Center designation include:

  • 24-hour immediate coverage by pediatric general surgeons, as well as coverage by the specialties of orthopedic surgery, neurosurgery, anesthesiology, emergency medicine, radiology and critical care;
  • Provides trauma prevention and continuing education programs for staff and
  • Incorporates a comprehensive quality assessment program.

Providence Alaska Medical Center was designated a Level II Trauma Center for the treatment of adult patients in February 2015. A pediatric treatment area in the Emergency Department is scheduled to open at PAMC in January 2018.

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About Providence Alaska Medical Center: Providence Alaska Medical Center is part of Providence Health & Services, a not-for-profit network of hospitals, care centers, health plans, physicians, clinics, home health services, affiliated services and educational facilities. For more information about PAMC, visit: alaska.providence.org.

About The Children’s Hospital at Providence: Located within Providence Alaska Medical Center, The Children’s Hospital at Providence functions as a hospital within a hospital. The Children’s Hospital is known for its outstanding Newborn Intensive Care Unit, Pediatric Intensive Care Unit and Maternity Center. The 146-bed inpatient facility offers family-centered care in every area of pediatric medicine and provides pediatric subspecialty services in Anchorage and across the state of Alaska. For more information about the Children’s Hospital, visit: www.providence.org/childrenshospital

About the American College of Surgeons Verification Review Committee: The ACS Verification, Review and Consultation (VRC) Program is designed to assist hospitals in the evaluation and improvement of trauma care and provide objective, external review of institutional capability and performance. These functions are accomplished by an on-site review of the hospital by a peer review team, experienced in the field of trauma care. The team assesses commitment, readiness, resources, policies, patient care, performance improvement, and other relevant features of the program as outlined in Resources for Optimal Care of the Injured Patient. For more information, visit: www.facs.org.