Colorado Canyons Hospital & Medical Center of Family Health West Introduces Trauma Team

Fruita, CO (October 28, 2014) – Colorado Canyons Hospital & Medical Center at Family Health West is pleased to announce their new Emergency Department designation and the formation of their Trauma Team. In addition to receiving a new name, the hospital recently achieved a Level 4 Trauma Designation. “A Level 4 Trauma designation means that Colorado Canyons Hospital & Medical Center’s Emergency Department is recognized by the State of Colorado as being able to provide a higher level of care,” said Trauma Director, Dr. Scott Vincent. “For the patient, this means that our emergency department now has the ability to take care of more serious cases.”

Dr. Vincent leads the Trauma Team that also includes Dr. Joseph Kupets, Medical Director, and Rhonda Miller, RN and Emergency Department Director. “This designation means we now have access to better equipment and resources that were not available to us before,” added Dr. Vincent. “It brings structure to how we care for patients and ensures that our healthcare professionals meet the highest standards of care via yearly education trainings and certifications.”

“Before the Level 4 Trauma designation, we couldn’t admit trauma patients and emergency responders had to think twice before bringing patients to our emergency department,” said Rhonda Miller, RN and Emergency Department Director. “Being a part of the Colorado Trauma System leads to a more formalized, structured approach to take care of patients that ultimately leads to better outcomes.”

This designation is yet another example of how Family Health West continues to fulfill its mission of providing the best in healthcare services,” said Lori Henderson, Chief Nursing Officer. “We are so proud of our Trauma Team and the dedication they have demonstrated in achieving this recognition.”

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The Emergency Department at Colorado Canyons Hospital & Medical Center recently formed a new Trauma Team and earned a Level 4 Trauma Designation from the State of Colorado. The Trauma Team is comprised of Joseph Kupets, MD, Medical Director (left), Scott Vincent, MD, Trauma Director (seated), and Rhonda Miller, RN, Emergency Department Director and Trauma Nurse Coordinator (right).