Fruita hospital earns higher trauma level accreditation

Colorado Canyons Hospital in Fruita has earned three-year accreditation for offering a higher level of emergency care.

The three-year Level IV trauma accreditation follows a one-year certification on an initial application for the higher level and review by the Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment.

“We passed that review without any reservations and will be awarded a certificate for a three-year period,” said Dr. Joseph Kupets, emergency medical director at Colorado Canyons Hospital. “Our entire emergency department has worked all year on meeting our policies, improving our care and preserving our standing with the CDPHE.”

The trauma team also includes Dr. Scott Vincent, trauma medical director, and Britney Guccini, emergency department director and trauma nurse coordinator.

Family Health West, a health care organization based in Fruita, operates Colorado Canyons Hospital along with outpatient care centers and assisted and skilled-care living facilities.

“We are honored to continue functioning as a Level IV trauma center,” Vincent said. “This recertification recognizes that we are able to provide patients in the Fruita area with health care professionals and standards of care consistent with the expectations set forth by the CDPHE. We are excited to play our part in providing care for patients within the trauma system in conjunction with the other hospitals of the Grand Valley.”

As a Level IV trauma center, the hospital offers around-the-clock emergency care for the initial evaluation and stabilization of trauma-related injuries. Patients who require more advanced trauma care are stabilized and transferred to a facility with a higher trauma rating.

“This year was challenging creating a trauma program that was compliant with state guidelines and that worked for our facility. We are still fine tuning our program, but feel confident that we provide great, quality care to our trauma patients,” Guccini said. “I am very proud of our ED staff for stepping up to the plate and succeeding. I’m pleased we passed our review without any reservations.”

Lori Randall, chief operating officer for Family Health West, said the designation constitutes another example of how the organization carries out its mission to provide health care services.

“We are so proud of our trauma team and the dedication they have demonstrated in achieving this recognition,” Randall said.