In April 2013, Health & Hospital Corporation of Marion County announced that the emergency department and the Level I trauma center at the new Sidney & Lois Eskenazi Hospital and Eskenazi Health campus would be named in honor of Michael and Susan Smith. The Michael & Susan Smith Emergency Department at Eskenazi Health and the Smith Level I Shock Trauma Center at Eskenazi Health opened with the new campus on December 7.
The Smith Level I Shock Trauma Center at Eskenazi Health offers the highest level of trauma care available and is one of the busiest in the state, treating more than 3,000 patients each year. It became the first verified Level I trauma center in the state in 1992 and remains one of only two adult trauma centers in Indiana.
Established by the American College of Surgeons in 1987, the Committee on Trauma’s Verification/Consultation 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. This encompasses the pre-hospital phase through the rehabilitation process.
“The national distinction of being an adult Level I trauma center is a reflection of the expertise of our physicians, nurses and staff in the multidisciplinary care that is provided by the trauma center at Eskenazi Health. It is also an acknowledgment of the institution’s leadership in all aspects of trauma care, patient care, education, research and injury prevention,” said Dr. Gerardo Gomez, chief of the Division of Trauma, Surgical Critical Care and Emergency Surgical Services at Eskenazi Health and director of the Smith Level I Shock Trauma Center. “Eskenazi Health seeks national Level I verification every three years in our ongoing commitment to providing our patients the best chance of recovery after their injuries.”
Level I trauma centers are committed to injury prevention, public education and continuing education of the trauma team members as well as continued improvement through a comprehensive quality assessment program and an organized research effort to help direct new innovations in trauma care.