BENSON — Benson Hospital officials are rejoicing the facility’s Level IV Trauma Center recertification on behalf of the Office of Emergency Medical Services of the Department of Health and Human Services.

The accreditation is vital, particularly in a community bounded by major interstate and thoroughfares.

“We are honored to continue to provide trauma care to the people of our community,” said Teresa Vincifora, Chief Operating Officer at Benson Hospital. “Maintaining a Level IV designation requires commitment from our staff and the entire organization. Our providers are board certified in emergency medicine and our nurses are trauma care certified. This designation is a result of hard work and dedication of numerous members of the Emergency Department and Trauma Program. No one expects to need these services, but it is comforting to know expert care is available close to home when you need it most.”

As a Level IV trauma Center, Benson Hospital has demonstrated the ability to provide advanced trauma life support including evaluation, stabilization and diagnostic capabilities for injured patients, states the hospital news release. Benson Hospital also has transfer agreements with other regional trauma centers for patients who require more comprehensive care.

Level IV centers are able to provide “advanced trauma life support, including evaluation, stabilization, and diagnostic capabilities for injured patients.

Benson Hospital offers 24/7 Emergency Department.

Hospital Governing Board President Ann MacInnes Cook is pleased by the recertification.

“... Recertification aligns with our role as a critical access hospital to provide essential health care for our community. It is also part of our commitment to providing health care 24/7for the San Pedro Valley, including developing strong partnerships with other hospitals and health care organizations to enhance the health of our patients and community. I’d like to thank the staff of Benson Hospital and the Emergency Department for their hard work and dedication in maintaining this certification and in their commitment to the people of Benson and the San Pedro Valley.”

“Along with emergency care, the hospital is proud of its inpatient services, full-service laboratory and imaging services. Benson Hospital recorded more than 7,500 patient visits to the Emergency Department last year and 350 trauma patient encounters. Benson Hospital is the top-rated hospital in the region with a four-star rating from Centers for Medicare and Medicaid services in 2019,” the news release states.

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