The purpose of this paper is to describe an American healthcare organization's experience creating the first multi-facility trauma system managed by a private, nonprofit organization.
A leadership structure was established to initiate the first steps of system development, followed by needs assessments that identified key components essential to creating the interconnected system. The key components were applied as a result of evidence-based system development. After system implementation, early benefits were explored.
Data collection and research, prehospital support, system-wide quality improvement, rural outreach, communication, and system evaluation were identified as key components essential to creating an interconnected trauma system. The system currently connects 12 trauma centers throughout the state of Colorado while working within the parameters of an established statewide system. Early benefits included improved designation review results, the utilization of system-wide best practice protocols, a rich trauma registry, and closer relations with rural, out-of-network facilities.
This study describes the process undertaken to implement a unique medical system that provides regionalized care and complements an existing statewide trauma system. The authors hope their experience may serve as a roadmap for healthcare professionals wishing to develop an integrated, patient-centered model of care.
The development of this multi-facility trauma system within a private, not-for-profit healthcare organization is the first of its kind.
The authors would like to acknowledge Gary Campbell, CEO of Centura Health, for his assistance and review of the manuscript.
Coniglio, R., M. Caputo, L., D. Sanddal, N., Salottolo, K., Sabin, M., W. Bourg, P. and W. Mains, C. (2014), "Integrating care: the experience of a US healthcare organization", Leadership in Health Services, Vol. 27 No. 2, pp. 104-115. https://doi.org/10.1108/LHS-01-2013-0001Download as .RIS
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