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NYC Health + Hospitals/Jacobi Receives Level I Trauma Center Verification from American College of Surgeons

Verification recognizes Jacobi's readiness and commitment to providing optimal trauma care

Jul 22, 2016

NYC Health + Hospitals/Jacobi has been designated by the American College of Surgeons (ACS) as a Level I Trauma Center. The ACS verification confirms that the medical center is equipped with the necessary resources to deliver the highest level of care to patients with the most serious injuries.
“We constantly examine and reexamine ways to improve the care we provide,” said Sheldon Teperman, MD, Trauma Medical Director. “This verification reaffirms that Jacobi provides trauma services that are second to none to the residents of the Bronx and Lower Westchester County. Our staff has worked tirelessly to achieve this distinction and the teamwork we demonstrate on a day-in, day-out basis saves lives,” he said.
The ACS verification process requires an on-site review by a team of experienced reviewers, who use the current Resources for the Optimal Care of the Injured Patient manual as a guideline in conducting the survey.
Jacobi received 17 acclamations for going above and beyond the College’s already stringent and exacting trauma care standards. ACS recognized Jacobi for the following strengths:

  • Excellent coverage of neurosurgery, providing expeditious care to patients in need
  • An operating room that provides quick care for fractures
  • A 24/7 radiology service
  • Dedicated support from the rehabilitation units
  • Impressive programs and research on gun violence (including the hospital-based “Stand Up to Violence” CureViolence program) and posttraumatic stress disorder

Established by the American College of Surgeons in 1987, the 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. This spectrum encompasses the prehospital phase through the rehabilitation process. Verified trauma centers must meet the essential criteria that ensure trauma care capability and institutional performance.
To schedule your next appointment at Jacobi, please call (718) 918-5000.


Contact: John Doyle, 718-918-4055 or 917-553-4642

About NYC Health + Hospitals/Jacobi

NYC Health + Hospitals/Jacobi is a 457-bed teaching hospital affiliated with the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. The facility holds numerous center of excellence designations for its renowned trauma center, burn center, regional stroke center, regional perinatal center, breast health center and bariatric surgery service. The facility also has a multi-person hyperbaric unit and a surgical intensive care unit. NYC Health + Hospitals/Jacobi’s Ambulatory Care Pavilion is a stunning complement to its recently constructed inpatient facility and allows staff to provide patients with high-quality care in a modern, state-of-the-art environment. For more information visit /jacobi.

About NYC Health + Hospitals

NYC Health + Hospitals is the largest public health care system in the nation with a network of 11 hospitals including six regional trauma centers, community-based health centers, nursing homes, post-acute care centers, and a correctional health services unit. The system includes a home care agency and a health plan, MetroPlusHealth. The health system provides essential services to 1.2 million New Yorkers every year in more than 70 locations across the five boroughs. Its diverse workforce of more than 42,000 employees are uniquely focused on empowering New Yorkers, without exception, to live the healthiest life possible. Visit nychealthandhospitals.org and stay connected: https://www.facebook.com/NYCHealthSystem or Twitter  @NYCHealthSystem.