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Roundup Memorial Healthcare (RMH) is pleased to announce that they have been designated as a level 5 trauma receiving facility from the Montana State Trauma Care Committee (STCC). The purpose of the STCC is to reduce the incidence of trauma injuries in Montana and to promote and advance excellence in the care of the injured patient. A level 5 designation is awarded to facilities with the ability to stabilize trauma patients and to transfer them to a higher level of care.

In 2019, RMH was awarded a one-year provisional designation. That provisional appointment was extended due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The most recent full designation will be for 3 years.

The trauma committee at RMH consists of lab, EMS, providers, nursing, and medical records staff. Alex Goffena, Assistant Director of Nursing and Trauma Coordinator, in conjunction with Val Russell, Trauma Medical Director and PA-C, have made achieving a trauma designation their mission. Their diligent work towards achieving this goal has not gone unnoticed by all who surround them. The reviewers even mentioned in their report, “[We] were very impressed with their dedication to the program and detailed level of knowledge regarding all policies, procedures, guidelines, and organization of the program including the PI Process.” The reviewers also went on to acknowledge, “There have been substantial improvements in documentation by AVERA, when utilized, as a result of a new audit tool utilized by the RMH trauma program. This has resulted in significant improvements on both sides that have been taken back to each team for updates and changes. The reviewers felt this was a dramatic improvement from previous reviews and represents a best practice model to bring forward to the state level for use in other similar facilities.”

We are so happy to announce this incredible news. The STCC said it best when they referred to Val Russell and Alex Goffena as “real assets” to their facility and community. RMH is incredibly grateful to its EMS team as well for their extraordinary care of our community. Having a collaborative team makes achieving a designation such as this possible.