Sanford Health Fargo re-verified as Level I Adult Trauma Center

FARGO – Sanford Medical Center Fargo was recently re-verified as a Level I Adult Trauma Center by the American College of Surgeons.

Sanford Fargo first achieved Level I Adult Trauma Center status in 2018 and is the only Level I Adult Trauma Center in North Dakota. 

Level I Trauma Centers are capable of providing total care for every aspect of injury – from prevention through rehabilitation. A Level I trauma center provides the highest level of surgical care to trauma patients. It has a full range of specialists and equipment available 24 hours a day and must admit at least 1,200 trauma patients a year.

“We take a lot of pride in being the only Level I Trauma Center in North Dakota,” said Tiffany Lawrence, president and CEO of Sanford Fargo. “You never know when an emergency will affect you or a loved one, but when an emergency does occur, the investments we’ve made to provide these crucial emergency services close to home has been a game-changer for our community. We are grateful for our entire staff that take care of our patients and families. They are the backbone in helping us provide world-class health care to the communities we serve.”

Established by the American College of Surgeons in 1987, the Committee on Trauma’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.

Such centers are also required to have a rigorous performance-improvement program, keep an extensive database and submit data to the National Trauma Data Bank.