A major announcement was made this afternoon regarding the level of trauma service offered at Lafayette General Medical Center in Lafayette. The Committee on Trauma of the American College of Surgeons (ACS) verified LGMC as a Level II trauma center. In large part, the certification process focuses on a hospital's ability to handle large-scale emergencies.

Lafayette General Health CEO David Callecod said in a statement:

“When we began this process, our goal was to increase access and elevate the level of care and services we offer in the region. We expanded our resources and infrastructure to align our services with the national standard for trauma care,” ... “This Level II Trauma Center designation means we have the capacity and capability to provide the most advanced life-saving measures available in the region, and it further demonstrates Lafayette General Health’s commitment to Acadiana,” continued Callecod.

According to the American Trauma Society:

Level II

A Level II Trauma Center is able to initiate definitive care for all injured patients.

Elements of Level II Trauma Centers Include:

  • 24-hour immediate coverage by general surgeons, as well as coverage by the specialties of orthopedic surgery, neurosurgery, anesthesiology, emergency medicine, radiology and critical care.
  • Tertiary care needs such as cardiac surgery, hemodialysis and microvascular surgery may be referred to a Level I Trauma Center.
  • Provides trauma prevention and continuing education programs for staff.
  • Incorporates a comprehensive quality assessment program.