Lawrence — Officials at Lawrence General Hospital have announced the hospital’s reaccreditation of a Level III trauma center located within the hospital’s emergency center.
As a result, trauma patients who need specialized care can go to LGH with the necessary tools and staff to handle any case, officials said.
Following a recent visit by the American College of Surgeons, the hospital’s trauma program — led by trauma medicine director Dr. Earl Gonzalez and program manager Abigail Wertz, RN — has been confirmed to be active through 2025. .
This year’s assessment, conducted in October, will ensure that General Lawrence has the necessary resources for trauma care and the full range of care to meet the needs of all injured patients. Investigators looked at hospitals’ ability to provide care from the prehospital stage through the rehabilitation process, Wertz said.
Lawrence General was honored for its hospital-run EMS system that provides prehospital care and advanced living assistance to surrounding communities. In addition, according to Wertz, ACS praised the “supportive environment” of the hospital’s emergency center, noting in particular the cooperation between the emergency and anesthesia teams.
“The hospital has dedicated and talented employees who are willing to go above and beyond in caring for trauma patients and responding to disasters in their communities,” the agency said.
Lawrence General is the first ACS-validated Level III trauma center in Massachusetts, said Gonzalez, praising the hospital’s leadership, including director and CEO Deborah J. Wilson, and encouraging the program to continue. That’s why we provide “consistent and best-in-class support” for the program. evolution.