By CLYDE FORD
Staff Writer, Charles Town
CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - Jefferson Memorial Hospital's emergency department was officially certified as a trauma center Wednesday by the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Services Office of Emergency Medical Services.
Jefferson Memorial Hospital is one of only eight of 66 hospitals across West Virginia to have trauma center certification.
The hospital was reviewed last September by a committee of physicians, nurses and other health officials from across the state. They examined the hospital's trauma rooms, equipment, the training of the emergency room physicians and staff and the amount of training given to emergency medics and paramedics.
Jefferson Memorial Hospital is designated a Level III trauma center, meaning it is considered an intermediate institution. Level II is considered an advanced trauma center and a Level I is a comprehensive trauma center.