Trauma Center Earns 7-Year Certification From Florida Department of Health

Lakeland, FL – Lakeland Regional Health’s Medical Center Trauma Center once again earned a seven-year certification from the Florida Department of Health. The Trauma Center, designated a Level II since its initial approval in 1998, is the only one of its kind for Polk, Highlands and Hardee counties and cared for more than 3,200 patients in 2018.

“Lakeland Regional Health consistently exceeds industry standards to provide the safest and timeliest trauma care in the region. The physicians, clinicians, coordinators and team members in our Trauma Center work diligently to provide critical lifesaving care to our community,” said Timothy J. Regan, MD, Lakeland Regional Health Medical Center President and Lakeland Regional Health Chief Medical Officer. “We are so pleased to earn this specialized designation from the state of Florida.”

As a Level II Trauma Center, Lakeland Regional Health Medical Center provides initial definitive trauma care for all injured patients. As such, six full-time Trauma Surgeons at Lakeland Regional Health Medical Center provide trauma care on a continuous basis. The surgeons are Board Certified in Surgery and Critical Care Medicine and provide 24-hour coverage for trauma patients.

Certification is the result of a rigorous assessment that outlines criteria for staffing; Emergency Department, Operating Room and Intensive Care Unit facilities; Radiologic services; equipment; training and continuing education programs; and community outreach programs. Lakeland Regional Health Medical Center’s Emergency Department, often the first stop for trauma patients, garners national and international recognition for its efficiency, including a spotlight in the prestigious Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety in 2017 documenting the Emergency Department’s successful two-year improvement project.

Each year, Lakeland Regional Health’s Trauma Program holds a heartwarming Trauma Survivors Day. The inspirational stories shared by these men, women and teens offer a peek inside the exceptional care provided by the specially trained nurses, physicians, respiratory therapists, radiology technologists and pharmacists who provide the initial trauma resuscitation. Lakeland Regional Health values its strong collaborations with Polk County EMS, local law enforcement, and medical air evacuation flight crews to provide the timeliest care and safest care in the region.


About Lakeland Regional Health

Not-for-profit Lakeland Regional Health reaches beyond its hospital walls to promote wellness, education and discovery in new places and new ways, providing a wide range of inpatient and outpatient healthcare services at its Medical Center, Hollis Cancer Center and ambulatory care locations. Lakeland Regional Health earned Most Wired Advanced and Most Wired status four times since 2013 from the American Hospital Association and has earned workplace awards from Forbes, Gallup and Becker’s Hospital Review. Its 864-bed comprehensive tertiary referral hospital, Lakeland Regional Health Medical Center, operates the Jack and Tina Harrell Family Institute for Advanced Cardiovascular Medicine; a Level II Trauma Center; the Carol Jenkins Barnett Pavilion for Women and Children, which includes a Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit; and the Bannasch Institute for Advanced Rehabilitation Medicine.