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Trauma center planned for Mercy in Lorain


LORAIN — MetroHealth and Mercy Health Lorain Hospital are partnering to bring a Level III trauma center to Lorain County, the hospitals announced Wednesday.

It is the first Level III trauma center in Lorain County, including 24-hour emergency medical treatment, available surgeons and anesthesiologists.

“This partnership will allow expert trauma care to be available for those living in Lorain County that has before never been offered,” said Dr. Gil Palmer, chief medical officer for Mercy Health Lorain. “At Mercy, we are always looking at ways to adapt and respond to the needs of the families we serve. There was a gap in the county where a trauma program would fit, and now we have worked to bring one to life.”

“We are honored to expand our services to Lorain County and to provide trauma care at Mercy Health. This partnership will save lives and keep patients close to their families and loved ones as they recover,” said Dr. Bernard Boulanger, executive vice president and chief clinical officer at MetroHealth.

The center will be at Mercy Health Lorain Hospital on Kolbe Road and based on MetroHealth’s trauma program. A Level III center must be verified and certified by the American College of Surgeons.

MetroHealth trauma surgeons will rotate through Mercy Health Lorain to provide 24/7 trauma care, and a medical director and trauma coordinator will oversee the program. MetroHealth also will train Mercy Health Lorain nurses and staff in trauma care.

According to the American Trauma Society, a Level III trauma center “has demonstrated an ability to provide prompt assessment, resuscitation, surgery, intensive care and stabilization of injured patients and emergency operations.”

MetroHealth’s air transport system, Metro Life Flight, already has a Lorain County base and currently takes patients with the most severe traumatic injuries to MetroHealth’s Level I Adult Trauma Center in Cleveland.

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