Published on April 03, 2019

Firelands Regional Medical Center Receives Re-verification as a Level III Trauma Center

(April 3, 2019 – Sandusky, Ohio)  Firelands Regional Medical Center has been verified as a Level III Trauma Center by the Verification Review Committee (VRC), an ad hoc committee of the Committee on Trauma (COT) of the American College of Surgeons (ACS).

“We are excited to be awarded this designation again. It is just one of the many achievements that Firelands Regional Medical Center has received that shows our dedication to providing optimal care for our patients,” said Sheri Johnson, BSN, RN, trauma program manager at Firelands Regional Medical Center. “Having a quality trauma program available to our local community is a necessity for proper treatment and recovery.”

Verified trauma centers must meet the essential criteria that ensure trauma care

capability and institutional performance, as outlined by the American College of Surgeons' Committee on Trauma in its current Resources for Optimal Care of the Injured Patient manual.

The ACS Committee on Trauma's verification program does not designate trauma centers. Rather, the program provides confirmation that a trauma center has demonstrated its commitment to providing the highest quality trauma care for all injured patients. The actual establishment and the designation of trauma centers is the function of local, regional, or state health care systems agencies, such as the local emergency medical services (EMS) authority.

Firelands Level III Trauma Center is designed to serve the area communities that do not have immediate access to a Level I or Level II trauma center.  There are four levels of trauma centers, with a Level III trauma center providing prompt assessment, resuscitation, emergency operations and stabilization of the trauma patient, as well as arranging for possible transfer to a facility that can provide a higher level of definitive trauma care, should the situation call for that. In addition, general surgeons are required to be in a Level III facility.

Established by the American College of Surgeons in 1987, the COT's Consultation/Verification Program for Hospitals promotes the development of trauma centers in which participants provide not only the hospital resources necessary for trauma care but also the entire spectrum of care to address the needs of all injured patients. This spectrum encompasses the pre-hospital phase through the rehabilitation process.

Firelands Regional Medical Center’s 30-bed emergency room treats over 50,000 patients per year, is the most frequently selected emergency services in the region, and approximately three times larger than other area ERs, providing patients with an advanced level of emergency care including:

  • Team of physicians board-certified in emergency medicine;
  • Nurses trained in emergency medicine;
  • Staff certified in trauma and advanced life support (adult and pediatric);
  • Senior ER;
  • TeleStroke Technology;
  • Accredited Chest Pain Center;
  • Accredited Heart Failure Center;
  • Primary Stroke Certification.

For more information about Emergency Services provided by Firelands Regional Medical Center, visit

Firelands Regional Medical Center is home to some of the nation’s best physicians and is one of the top-rated hospitals in the state. Firelands received Healthgrades® America’s 100 Best for Orthopedic Surgery and America’s 100 Best for Spine Surgery for 2019. Firelands is accredited in heart failure and is an American Heart Association Mission: Lifeline Gold Plus Receiving Hospital, as well as a Certified Chest Pain Center. The health system is a Verified Level III Trauma Center, a Certified Primary Stroke Center, and is the area’s only Breast Imaging Center of Excellence. Firelands Counseling and Recovery Services are one of the largest hospital based behavioral health and substance abuse programs in the state of Ohio. For more information about Firelands, visit

About The American College of Surgeons

The American College of Surgeons is a scientific and educational association of surgeons that was founded in 1913 to raise the standards of surgical education and practice and to improve the care of the surgical patient. The College has over 72,000 members and it is the largest association of surgeons in the world. Longstanding achievements have placed the ACS in the forefront of American surgery and have made it an important advocate for all surgical patients.


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