Zeeland Community Hospital

Spectrum Health Zeeland Community Hospital Awarded Level III Trauma Designation

Zeeland, MI – March 20, 2018 Spectrum Health Zeeland Community Hospital has received designation as a Level III trauma facility by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS).

There are four separate adult levels of trauma facility designations. Each category has specific criteria that must be met by a facility seeking that level of verification. Level III trauma facilities are hospitals that have resources to care for patients with moderate injuries and the ability to stabilize severe trauma patients in preparation for transport to a higher level center.

“Our diverse team of health professionals has made a dedicated effort to ensure that the trauma program meets the State of Michigan’s rigorous standards,” said Jane Czerew, chief nursing officer, Zeeland Community Hospital. “Members of our community have an incredible team to count on for high-quality care during a traumatic emergency.”

To be recognized as a Level III trauma facility, Zeeland Community Hospital submitted 12 months of trauma data to the MDHHS, created and implemented policies that were consistent with current standards in trauma care and staff education, enriched the injury prevention and performance improvement programs and participated in an on-site evaluation. The hospital passed nearly 250 unique criteria measures to successfully achieve this designation.

“Achieving this recognition required enormous amounts of effort and coordination,” said Ryan Peggar, clinical program specialist and trauma coordinator, Zeeland Community Hospital. “It’s a reflection of the continued dedication of the physicians and trauma team members across our health system.”

The congratulatory letter from the State of Michigan stated, “The MDHHS recognizes this important achievement and the integral part Spectrum Health Zeeland Community Hospital has in building a regionalized, coordinated and accountable trauma system in Michigan.”

For more information about the State of Michigan trauma designations, visit www.michigan.gov/mdhhs.

Spectrum Health is a not-for-profit health system, based in West Michigan, offering a full continuum of care through the Spectrum Health Hospital Group, which is comprised of 12 hospitals, including Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital; 180 ambulatory and service sites; 3,600 physicians and advanced practice providers, including 1,500 members of the Spectrum Health Medical Group; and Priority Health, a health plan that served 996,000 members in fiscal year 2017. Spectrum Health is West Michigan’s largest employer, with 26,000 employees. The organization provided $372 million in community benefit during its 2017 fiscal year. Spectrum Health was named one of the nation’s 15 Top Health Systems—and in the top five among the largest health systems—in 2017 by Truven Health Analytics®, part of IBM Watson HealthTM. This was the sixth time the organization received this recognition.

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