LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) – IU Health Arnett Hospital becomes one step closer to becoming a trauma center on Monday.
The Indiana EMS Commission named the hospital an “in the process” level three trauma center Monday. Hospital officials said becoming a trauma center means patients won’t have to be taken to Indianapolis or Chicago for specialized care.
The hospital will seek verification from the American College of Surgeons Committee on Trauma in April.
Trauma Program manager Amanda Rardon said now that they are “in the process” they can treat more trauma patients.
“It’s a great benefit to the community,” said Rardon. “It enables us to provide preeminent care for our patients and to give them the best care that is available.”
Earlier this month, News 18 reported that Franciscan St. Elizabeth was also recognized as an “in the process” level three trauma center. Rardon said IU Bloomington and IU Ball Memorial Health hospitals are working toward the same certification.
Now, IU Health Arnett has two years to complete the verification process and become a designated trauma center.