NYS Report Names Albany Med’s Trauma Center State’s Most Active
ALBANY, N.Y., March 2, 2012—Albany Medical Center continues to be the most active trauma center in New York State, according to a NYS Department of Health study of the state’s trauma system from 2007-2009. Albany Med was also labeled “busiest” in the last report that covered 2003-2006.
From 2007-2009, 3,428 patients were admitted to the Medical Center with severe injuries, an average of 1,095 per year and three per day.
The Medical Center also was one of four hospitals in the state that had an inpatient mortality rate significantly lower than the statewide mean.
“We are proud of this remarkable achievement. Albany Med’s trauma system begins with the pre hospital care, and extends through the emergency medicine department, the operating room, the surgical intensive care unit and the surgical wards. The people of our region can feel secure that this valuable resource is available should they or a loved one ever be in a position of needing vital trauma services,” said Steven Stain, M.D., professor and Henry and Sally Schaffer Chair of the department of surgery. “Our surgical services overall continue to expand as we meet the needs of our community for the care that only an academic medical center can provide.”
When Albany Med’s new $360 million Patient Pavilion is completed in 2013, it will house 20 additional state-of-the-art operating rooms as well as sophisticated new intensive care units to meet the needs of trauma patients, as well as others who are critically ill. Surgical procedures at Albany Med, including inpatient and outpatient surgeries, increased 12% from 2009 to 2011 (from 40,889 to 45,765). That level is expected to increase even more dramatically in the next few years.
Albany Med’s trauma center is labeled “Level 1,” meaning it holds the highest trauma level designation possible. As such, Albany Med is equipped to provide comprehensive emergency medical services to patients with traumatic injuries including the availability of trauma surgeons specialized in neurosurgery and orthopedic surgery. Albany Med's emergency department features private rooms equipped with state-of-the-art technology and consists of four “mini emergency rooms” within the larger facility. Areas are specifically designated for pediatrics, trauma, minor emergencies and critical care.
Albany Medical Center, northeastern New York’s only academic health sciences center, is one of the largest private employers in the Capital Region. It incorporates the 651-bed Albany Medical Center Hospital, which offers the widest range of medical and surgical services in the region, and the Albany Medical College, which trains the next generation of doctors, scientists and other healthcare professionals, and also includes a biomedical research enterprise and the region’s largest physicians practice with 325 doctors. Albany Medical Center works with dozens of community partners to improve the region’s health and quality of life. For more information: www.amc.edu or www.facebook.com/albanymedicalcenter.
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