Kelsey Hospital

Spectrum Health Kelsey Hospital Earns Trauma Certification

Hospital designated as a Level IV trauma facility.

LAKEVIEW, Mich., May 19, 2020 – Spectrum Health Kelsey Hospital emergency department staff have been recognized for their work with trauma patients after being designated as a Level IV trauma facility by the State of Michigan.

The three-year certification follows a site visit and documentation review by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services to the facility in March.

“We’re very pleased with the designation,” said Jessica Rewa, trauma coordinator at Spectrum Health United and Kelsey Hospitals. The certification validates the good work our teams have done in making trauma care a top priority of our emergency departments.”

Spectrum Health United Hospital in Greenville is also a Level IV trauma facility.

Trauma accounts for nearly half the deaths of people ages birth to 44.

United and Kelsey Hospitals have worked together creating a trauma program to find and treat injuries quickly and efficiently. The program includes a partnership for continuous education provided to EMS and other agencies to improve first responder practices. Community education was also included to highlight fall prevention and tourniquet application to control bleeding.

“Through these efforts, our emergency department can provide efficient and evidence-based trauma care, ensuring the very best care starting at the scene of injury so they heal quicker and have the best possible outcome,” Rewa said.

 Lorraine Yeager, emergency department manager at both hospitals, said having the systems and skills in place is critical when patients need urgent and sometimes life-saving care.

“When dealing with trauma, every second counts,” Yeager said. “That’s when proper training and processes can really make the difference to help those dealing with these serious injuries.”

Spectrum Health has also announced extra safety measures to limit unnecessary exposure to COVID-19 and stands ready to serve patients in the community.

These measures include

  • Extra cleaning throughout all facilities and frequent cleaning of high-touch areas.
  • Screening of all team members, patients and visitors.
  • Everyone is required to use hand sanitizer and put on a mask upon entry.
  • Social distancing floor signage to maintain Center of Disease Control guidelines.


Spectrum Health System, a not-for-profit, integrated health system, is committed to improving the health and wellness of our communities. We live our mission every day with 31,000 compassionate professionals, 4,500 medical staff experts, 3,300 committed volunteers and a health plan serving 1 million members. Our talented physicians and caregivers are privileged to offer a full continuum of care and wellness services to our communities through 14 hospitals, including Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital, 155 ambulatory sites and telehealth offerings. We pursue health care solutions for today and tomorrow that diversify our offerings. Locally-governed and based in Grand Rapids, Michigan, our health system provided $585 million in community benefit in fiscal year 2019. Thanks to the generosity of our communities, we received $30 million in philanthropy in the most recent fiscal year to support research, academics, innovation and clinical care. Spectrum Health has been recognized as one of the nation’s 15 Top Health Systems by Truven Health Analytics®, part of IBM Watson HealthTM.



John Norton
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