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News: Centegra hospitals celebrate 25 years of trauma care

Centegra Hospital-McHenry and Centegra Hospital-Woodstock celebrate 25 years of trauma care in McHenry County. Established as Level II trauma centers in 1988, the hospitals provide comprehensive trauma care 24 hours a day to ensure community members have immediate access to the advanced treatments they need.

“As the only trauma centers in McHenry County, our hospitals have additional resources and equipment to care for severely injured trauma patients,” said Jeff Hummel, director of patient care services with Centegra Hospital-Woodstock. “Our physicians, nurses and other experienced team members continue to advance the way we provide emergency care to the people of our region.”

In the United States, injury remains the leading cause of death of people younger than 44. Centegra’s trauma team members understand the first hour after a critical injury is essential to survival. Its emergency departments have procedures in place to efficiently assess a patient’s injuries. The trauma team works together quickly to make sure the patient quickly receives the appropriate tests and treatment.

“Centegra’s trauma programs provide care to the most severely injured patients we see,” said Dr. Richard Lind, a trauma surgeon with Centegra Physician Care and medical director of trauma services at Centegra. “This is more than just emergency department care. These are patients with life-threatening injuries who could have serious outcomes without the care we provide.”

Trauma patients meet specific criteria for the Illinois Department of Public Health’s Trauma Registry. Each year, Centegra Hospital-McHenry cares for more than 750 trauma patients and Centegra Hospital-Woodstock cares for more than 600 trauma patients. These numbers do not include all the patients who go home from the emergency departments after their traumatic events.

“Our trauma centers offer state-of-the-art treatments so patients do not have to be transferred to hospitals that are far from their homes and their families,” Hummel said. “We are proud to offer exceptional services to our community and to celebrate 25 years of trauma care in McHenry County.”