Trauma Center verification extended at Oakwood Annapolis

One year after receiving its initial verification, Oakwood Annapolis Hospital (OAH) in Wayne has achieved continued verification as a Level III Trauma Center through April 2017.

The American College of Surgeons Committee on Trauma (ASCOT) conducted an on-site review of the Wayne-based hospital recently and found “zero deficiencies or weaknesses” in the trauma program service. As a result, the hospital has received verification for an additional two years.

“This is a big win for our team,” said Eric Widner, division president of Oakwood Annapolis Hospital. “It’s a validation of the hard work we do every day to provide the highest-quality care to the community.”

Verified trauma centers must meet the essential criteria that ensure trauma care capability and institutional performance, as outlined by the ASCOT in its current Resources for Optimal Care of the Injured Patient manual. The program provides confirmation that a trauma center has demonstrated its commitment to providing the highest quality trauma care for all injured patients. The confirmation process includes an on-site review of the hospital by a team of experts that look at everything from readiness, resources, policies, patient care and patient outcomes, and performance improvement.

Oakwood Annapolis Hospital opened in 1957 and became part of the Oakwood Healthcare System in 1989. A $4 million renovation and expansion of the emergency department is currently under way at the hospital that is designed to improve efficiency, patient privacy and safety. Annapolis is the only verified Level III Trauma Center in the area.

“This verification process is proof that we are dedicated to providing the best, most efficient care to our patients and the communities we serve,” Widner said, noting that deficiency-free reviews are rare. “We are proud of this confirmation of our continued commitment to excellence.”