Trauma Report

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170

AVERAGE TRAUMA PATIENT VOLUME PER MONTH

2,077

AVERAGE TRAUMA PATIENT VOLUME PER YEAR

87,683

ER VISITS IN 2017

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Caring for our Community

As our community’s leading healthcare system, Forrest Health takes great pride in providing the best possible care for our patients as well as serving local community hospitals. All of the Forrest Health hospitals provide emergency services, but trauma cases that need a higher level of care are transferred to Forrest General Hospital’s Level II Regional Trauma Center. Our trauma center delivers the highest level of care available in the Pine Belt and is a key factor in the success of our overall health system.

Forrest General Hospital’s Level II Trauma Center provides an immediate, organized response by a highly specialized team, 24/7, 365 days a year. Our trauma center is always staffed by board-certified trauma surgeons waiting for a need to arise. The trauma center is also staffed by in-house emergency physicians, an anesthesiologist, and a critical care physician who is available 24-hours a day, and provides 24-hour coverage for neurosurgery, orthopedic surgery, maxillofacial, otolaryngology, and urology surgery in addition to interventional radiology services.

Our Level II regional trauma center receives over 2,000 trauma visits per year. As a Level II center we utilize an immediate and organized response in order to meet the needs of patients at moment’s notice, greatly improving their chance for survival. We also offer a specialized trauma follow-up clinic so that patients can see providers who are familiar with their situation and can oversee the recovery process from beginning to end. This means we are able to keep your loved ones nearby during care and recovery.

You may not be ready or prepared when the need for trauma care arises, but we are. As the hub for medical excellence in South Mississippi, Forrest General Hospital will continue to provide the best possible care for our patients and the communities it has served for decades.

W. Duncan Donald, M.D.
Medical director, surgical and trauma services
mississippi trauma advisory committee chair
trauma medical director, state of mississippi
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Why Level II?
In Mississippi, trauma programs are designated by levels: I, II, III, IV—with Level I being the highest. Our state has one Level I trauma center and only three Level II trauma centers.

The care provided by Forrest General's Level II trauma center is the highest level of care available in south Mississippi, as well as anywhere in the state outside of Jackson.
Going Above and Beyond
Forrest General goes beyond the requirements for a Level II trauma center by having designated trauma surgeons on-site 24/7. When we say "always ready," we mean someone is always ready and in-position to respond to trauma cases.
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What is a Level II Trauma Center?

We're a Level II trauma center— the highest level of trauma care available in South Mississippi and the only one in the Pine Belt. What does that mean for you? Dr. Duncan Donald, Medical Director of Surgical and Trauma Services at Forrest General Hospital, explains what makes us a Level II trauma center and how we're always ready to respond.

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Emergency Room Protocols

Dr. John Nelson, Emergency Medical Director, explains common ER terms such as red area, blue area, alpha and bravo and how our protocols help us stay ready to provide life-saving care.

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IN THE BEGINNING
Bringing Trauma Services to Southeast Mississippi

In 1971, Dr. Richard Clark was part of a group that recognized the need for an efficient emergency services system in south Mississippi, especially in rural areas. He reflects on the origins of our trauma system and the challenges they faced, as well as the creation of the Southeast Mississippi Air Ambulance District.

The Path to Becoming a Level II Trauma Center

Dr. Kate Aseme was one of the founding members of our trauma program. Her work, among others, led to our Level II trauma center designation and she witnessed firsthand the change in patient outcomes.

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Emergency and trauma Services Staff
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duncan donald, md
Medical Director, Surgical and Trauma Services
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john nelson, md
Medical Director, Emergency Medicine
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sheila shappley
Director, Emergency and Trauma Services
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Forrest health leadership
Andy woodard

President

evan dillard

Chief Executive Officer

Steven farrell, md

Chief Medical Officer

ORA Shaheed

Vice President/CNO

Millie Swan

Vice President

TROY DANIELS

Vice President

angela huggins

Vice President

vance green

Vice President

Ben Hester

Vice President

Jeff Cook

Vice President

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www.forrestgeneral.com/alwaysready

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