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Stony Brook Earns ACS Verification As Level 1 Trauma Center

helicopterWe're Suffolk County's Only Adult and Pediatric Level 1 Trauma Center  

In February, 2017, the American College of Surgeons (ACS) formally verified Stony Brook Trauma Center as the highest-level trauma center for adults and children after a rigorous survey visit this past fall. This makes Stony Brook Suffolk County's only Adult and Pediatric Level 1 Trauma Center.

Although Stony Brook already serves as a New York State-designated regional trauma center for adults and children, as well as a regional burn center, this additional verification required us to meet quality and safety standards set by the ACS.

It further establishes Stony Brook's place in the community as the highest-level trauma center, capable of providing total care for every aspect of injury — from prevention through rehabilitation for the most severely impacted patients.


Meeting the high standards of care set forth by the ACS proves that we are prepared to care for the most injured and most vulnerable patients at all times.


Led by our faculty members James A. Vosswinkel, MD, chief of trauma, emergency surgery, and surgical critical care, and Richard J. Scriven, MD, chief of pediatric surgery, all Stony Brook practitioners in the Trauma Center are committed, fully trained, and immediately available, providing timely care to patients when needed most.

The team is leading the way with research on the care of trauma patients and continues to shine with top quality scores as compared to more than 300 other trauma centers nationwide.

Stony Brook's participation in the national quality program, TQIP® (Trauma Quality Improvement Program), provides evidence that patients who were seriously injured and then treated in our trauma center were less likely to die or to develop a major complication.

Life-threatening injuries, as a result of vehicular accidents, falls, or other trauma, are the leading cause of death for all Americans under age 45.

Comprehensive, excellent trauma care can save lives. Meeting the high standards of care set forth by the ACS proves that we are prepared to care for the most injured and most vulnerable patients at all times.

During the verification process, the ACS evaluates whether a facility meets criteria put forth in its Committee on Trauma's manual, Resources for Optimal Care of the Injured Patient. Administered by the Verification, Review, and Consultation Program (VRC), the verification process is designed to help hospitals improve trauma care. After the completion of a pre-review questionnaire, the VRC visits the site and compiles a report of its findings. If successful, the trauma center receives a certificate of verification that is valid for three years. The ACS created its VRC Program in 1987, and today more than 400 trauma centers have achieved the ACS verification seal of approval.