Children’s Hospital, the pediatric arm of Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, received
verification as a Level I pediatric trauma center by the American College of
Brenner Children’s is one of only 51 Level I pediatric trauma
centers in the country. It became the first Level I pediatric trauma center in
the state in 2011 and has consistently maintained its verification ever since.
The current verification covers the hospital through January 7, 2020.
Achieving verification means that Brenner Children’s has
voluntarily met the highest level of criteria that improve the standard of care
by the Verification Review Committee, a subcommittee of the Committee on Trauma
of the ACS.
“This verification recognizes the dedication of
many people to provide the most advanced, up-to-date and highest quality of patient-
and family-centered care for an injured child,” said John
K. Petty, M.D., pediatric surgeon and trauma program
director, Wake Forest Baptist. “This type of treatment involves collaboration
and coordination by a number of professionals from surgeons to nurses to the EMS
transport teams. It takes all to provide the high level of care a Level I
pediatric trauma center provides.”
A 2006 national study that included six hospitals in
North Carolina found that the overall risk of death is 25 percent lower when
care for traumatic injuries is provided at trauma centers, compared to
hospitals without trauma centers.
Brenner Children’s is the only Level
I pediatric trauma center in our region and one of only three in
Through supporting research and educational programs, the
Childress Institute for
Pediatric Trauma at Wake Forest Baptist provides support and
direction to the effort to maintain Level I status as a pediatric trauma
“This verification reaffirms the collaborative efforts of
the Childress Institute with children’s hospitals across the country like
Brenner Children’s to discover and share the best ways to prevent and treat
severe injuries in children,” said Robert J. Gfeller, M.B.A., executive
director, Childress Institute for Pediatric Trauma.
A Level I pediatric trauma center verification means the
hospital has physicians on staff 24/7 who are certified and highly skilled to
provide pediatric trauma care in the areas of pediatric surgery, orthopaedic
surgery, neurosurgery, pediatric critical care and pediatric emergency
To receive verification, each hospital has an on-site
review by a team of experienced site reviewers, who use a standard criteria
developed by the ACS to evaluate the hospital.