NASHVILLE, Tenn. (May 20, 2014) — TriStar Skyline Medical Center announced today that the State of Tennessee has approved their application to become a Provisional Level II Trauma Center.
“For more than a year, TriStar Skyline Medical Center staff members have been working hard to develop the infrastructure required to provide trauma services,” said Steve Otto, Chief Executive Office. “This means that TriStar Skyline is equipped to provide critically injured patients in Middle Tennessee and surrounding areas with timely access to medical care at a designated trauma center, which greatly increases the chance of survival.” The North Nashville location at the crossroads of Interstates 65 and 24 is perfectly situated for regional EMS access.
The development of a second trauma center in the Middle Tennessee area is a historic event for both the Nashville area and the hospital. It was a natural next step in the evolution of TriStar Skyline with a nationally recognized neuroscience program and the only CARF accredited inpatient rehabilitation center in Middle Tennessee.
“The trauma program is going to satisfy a significant need for trauma care in our community”, said Roger Nagy, M.D., trauma medical director. “Middle Tennessee, which encompasses eight counties, is projected to reach a population of 1.6 million by 2016.” “The American College of Surgeons recommends having one or two high-level trauma centers for every 1 million people.”
The trauma program is staffed 24/7 with on-site trauma surgeons and other physician specialties are always available, including neurosurgeons, orthopaedic surgeons, and oral maxillofacial surgeons. The hospital is equipped with specialized resources to care for the most severely injured patients, including a new helipad that provides immediate access to the emergency department trauma bays.