Mercy Trauma Center is the only trauma care facility in western Iowa to receive the Iowa Department of Public Health's "regional" designation in conjunction with a new statewide trauma system.
As part of the statewide system, all hospitals in Iowa completed a process of categorization and verification as trauma care facilities. The state established four levels of trauma care service based upon resources available at each hospital. The state-designated trauma care levels are "resource," "regional," "area" and "community." Critically injured patients who require specialized care are transferred to a resource or a regional trauma care facility.
As a regional trauma care facility, Mercy provides comprehensive care for the severely injured patient with complex multi-system trauma. An organized trauma team including a general surgeon, emergency physician, anesthesiologist, nursing and ancillary personnel is immediately available when the patient arrives at the emergency department.
State trauma facility designations are valid for three years, and hospitals must reapply for verification of their trauma care designations.