Lake Huron Medical Center (LHMC) has been designated a provisional level
III trauma center by the St. Clair County Medical Control Authority.
Throughout the last 18 months, the hospital has been implementing policies
and procedures designed to enhance the care provided to patients in need
of Trauma services, as part of the process of seeking designation from
the state of Michigan as a Level III Trauma Center, using the American
College of Surgeons-Committee On Trauma (ACS-COT) as a guideline for policies
LHMC’s level III provisional designation means it has the resources
to provide emergency resuscitation, surgery and intensive care to trauma
patients. It does not have full availability of specialists, but the hospital
can coordinate patient transfers to level II or I facilities, if needed.
“We saw the need for the hospital to offer this additional lifesaving,
highly specialized service to the Blue Water area,” said Ken Sanger,
chief nursing officer for the hospital. “The efforts displayed by
our team towards this trauma program are astounding. LHMC continues to
enhance services to best meet the needs of the patients of this community."
The LHMC Trauma team is led by Dr. Karen McFarlane, MD, FACS, FASMBS, Dip.
ABOM., Trauma Program Medical Director and Dr. Dawn Morey, DO, Trauma
Program Medical Director, Dr. David Kraus, DO, Betty Falecki, BSN, Director
of Emergency Services/Trauma Services, Cindy Sebring, BSN, Trauma Coordinator,
Courtney Foote, BSN, Trauma Coordinator and Denise Mifflin, Trauma Registrar.
In 2016, Lake Huron Medical Center received the Women’s Choice Award
in recognition of being among “America’s Best Hospitals in
Emergency Care,” certification from Health Stream for “Excellence
in Emergency Care” and earned The Joint Commission’s Gold
Seal of Approval® for Hospital Accreditation by demonstrating continuous
compliance with its performance standards.
Remember, where you receive care is your choice. When EMS is called, choose quality — choose Lake Huron Medical Center’s
Emergency Department, where patients are seen by Board Certified Physicians
and experience low wait times. Lake Huron Medical Center’s Emergency
Department utilizes Advanced Emergency Stroke Care through the Michigan
Stroke Network, practices specialty Senior ER services and has been recognized
for Excellence in Patient Satisfaction by Press Ganey.