Category: Strategic Plan

Fact Sheet: ACS-COT Trauma Designation

New York State adopted the American College of Surgeon’s Committee on Trauma (ACS-COT) standards and verification process for the State’s trauma system in 2013.  The ACS-COT standards allow for four levels of trauma center.  Level 3 and 4 trauma centers are community hospitals which dedicate their resources to receiving and stabilizing severely injured patients and then transfer those patients to level 1 or 2 centers.

Steps in the New York State process include:

  1. Attendance at state trauma committee meetings
  2. Consultative visit from ACS-COT
  3. Prior to the consultative, the hospital needs to have in place:
  • Trauma service
  • Trauma medical director
  • Creation of a trauma registry
  • Data submission to the NYS Trauma Registry
  • Data submission to the National Trauma Data Bank
  • 9-12 months of trauma data
  • Performance improvement process  – doesn’t have to be fully developed by the consultative visit

4.  After the consultative visit report, the hospital has 2 years to request an ACS-COT verification visit

5. Once verified, the hospital must schedule a verification visit from ACS-COT every 3 years


New York State Department of Health links:

New York State Trauma Program

New York State Trauma Program


There are four hospitals currently designated as Level 3 in New York:

Canton-Potsdam Hospital        50 Leroy St        Potsdam, NY 13676        (315) 265-3300

Southhampton Hospital        240 Meeting House Lane        Southampton, NY 11968       (516) 726-8200

St Elizabeth Medical Center        2209 Genesee St        Utica, NY 13501        (315) 798-8100

St Luke’s Cornwall Hospital/Newburgh        70 Dubois Street        Newburgh, NY 12550        (845) 561-4400


American College of Surgeons Committee on Trauma links:

American College of Surgeon’s Committee on Trauma (ACS-COT)

Resources for Optimal Care of the Injured Patient (2014)

      Resources for Optimal Care of the Injured Patient 2014/Resources Repository

      About the Verification, Review, and Consultation Program    


Other links:

Advanced Trauma Care for Nurses

American Trauma Society

National Trauma Data Bank

Trauma Center Association of America

Verified Trauma Centers FAQs  (American College of Surgeons)

Announcing Werner Medical Library’s Strategic Plan

During the 6 week period the library was closed for renovations, staff met to develop the library's 3-year strategic plan.

During the 6-week period the library was closed for renovations, staff met to develop the Library’s 3-year strategic plan.

The team members of Werner Medical Library (WML) held a series of meetings in May and June to develop a 3-year strategic plan for the Library. Results from a recent online survey of people who use the WML were important factors in planning, and were incorporated into the decisions made during the Strategic Planning process.

The documents developed during these sessions include an updated description of the WML, and mission, vision and values statements.

Four strategic priorities were identified:

1.  Increase library use among target audiences and achieve a greater impact across RRHS
2.  Collaborate to improve teamwork and operations and strengthen important relationships
3.  Create a cutting-edge, full-scale library system to serve and support the newly merged enterprise
4.  Address the library’s evolving workforce needs for the future

Library staff will soon begin working on the implementation phase of the plan, which will involve setting up assignments and establishing deadlines.

The mission, vision and values statements may be found on the library’s website.

Ed Lewek, Senior Librarian
Werner Medical Library