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WCHOB Trauma Center Receives American College of Surgeons Level I Verification

Updated: 7/28/2017

Only six pediatric trauma centers in New York State have received Level I Verification

The trauma center at Women & Children’s Hospital of Buffalo (WCHOB) has been verified as a Level I Pediatric Trauma Center by the Verification Review Committee (VRC), an ad hoc committee of the Committee on Trauma (COT) of the American College of Surgeons (ACS). This achievement recognizes the trauma center's dedication to providing optimal care for injured patients.

“We have an extraordinary pediatric trauma team here at WCHOB and their commitment to the injured child shone through during our review,” said Kathryn D. Bass, MD, Director of Trauma, WCHOB.  “Our pediatric team is the crucial link in the WNY trauma system that is saving kids lives every day.   I am proud to be part of Kaleida Health which extends its fullest resources for the children of our community.  A big congratulations goes out to our lead Kaleida Health administrators, our Surgeon-in-Chief and all the front line pediatric trauma providers whose commitment continues to generate the highest quality care for our kids.”

Established by the American College of Surgeons in 1987, the COT's Consultation/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, as outlined by the American College of Surgeons' Committee on Trauma in its current Resources for Optimal Care of the Injured Patient manual.

The ACS Level I pediatric trauma center at WCHOB services the entire western region and is the only center of its kind west of Syracuse.  The center treats an average of 9,100 injured patients annually.  Approximately 420 of those patients are ultimately admitted to the hospital.

The trauma team utilizes evidence based practices to ensure that the highest quality trauma care is provided to each patient. Through the review of all levels of patient care, the trauma team is able to monitor for areas of opportunity in performance improvement, ensuring that safe, reliable care is provided to all trauma patients. In an effort to keep up with the latest trends in the trauma field, a great emphasis is placed on data and research to explore patterns and make patient care as efficient as possible.

“The pediatric trauma team works tirelessly day in and day out to provide the highest quality care to our patients,” said Allegra C. Jaros, MBA, President, WCHOB.  “Their caliber of expertise and skill is second to none, and this recognition of their efforts is well deserved.  I am so proud to see their hard work pay off.  I have the utmost confidence in this team’s ability to continue their focus on excelling for children across the western region.”

There are five separate categories of verification in the COT's program. Each category has specific criteria that must be met by a facility seeking that level of verification. Each hospital has an on-site review by a team of experienced site reviewers, who use the current Resources for the Optimal Care of the Injured Patient manual as a guideline in conducting the survey.

The American College of Surgeons is a scientific and educational association of surgeons that was founded in 1913 to raise the standards of surgical education and practice and to improve the care of the surgical patient. The College has over 72,000 members and it is the largest association of surgeons in the world. Longstanding achievements have placed the ACS in the forefront of American surgery and have made it an important advocate for all surgical patients.

Women & Children’s Hospital of Buffalo, a Kaleida Health facility and teaching hospital for the University at Buffalo School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, is the regional center for comprehensive and state-of-the-art pediatric trauma, surgical and medical care, and includes neonatal, perinatal and obstetrical services in Western New York and beyond.  For more information, please go online at