Fruita hospital announces trauma team and trauma designation

Colorado Canyons Hospital & Medical Center in Fruita has formed a trauma team to oversee services at a facility that’s earned a designation for offering a higher level of emergency care.

Dr. Scott Vincent has been named trauma director at the hospital, a part of Family Health West. Vincent will lead a team that also includes Dr. Joseph Kupets, medical director, and Rhonda Miller, a registered nurse who serves as emergency department director and trauma nurse coordinator.

Vincent said the Level 4 trauma designation means the hospital and its emergency department have been recognized by the state as capable of providing a higher level of care.

“This designation means we now have access to better equipment and resources that were not available to us before. It brings structure to how we care for patients and ensures that our health care professionals meet the highest standards of care via yearly education trainings and certifications,” Vincent said.

“For the patient, this means that our emergency department now has the ability to take care of more serious cases,” he added.

Miller said joining the state trauma system leads to a more formal and structured approach that ultimately results in better outcomes for patients.

Lori Henderson, chief nursing officer, said the designation offers another example of how Family Health West strives to fulfill its mission to deliver health care services. “We are so proud of our trauma team and the dedication they have demonstrated in achieving this recognition,” Henderson said.

In addition to a hospital, Family Health West operates outpatient care centers and assisted and skilled-care living facilities. For more information, call 858-2104 or visit www.fhw.org.