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Rockland County’s Only Trauma Center Verified as a 
Level III Trauma Center

October 11, 2018: Montefiore Nyack Hospital’s Trauma Center has been recognized by the American College of Surgeons’ Committee on Trauma for Outstanding Commitment to Critical Care 


The Trauma Center at Montefiore Nyack Hospital has been verified as a Level III Trauma Center through 2019 by the Verification Review Committee, an ad hoc committee of the Committee on Trauma of the American College of Surgeons.  The Hospital’s Trauma Center, the only trauma center in Rockland County, treats approximately 800 individuals annually. It received this recognition for its commitment to meeting the ACS’ rigorous standards by demonstrating an ability to provide prompt assessment, resuscitation, surgery, intensive care and stabilization of injured patients, and emergency operations.


A Level III Trauma Center:

  • Offers 24-hour immediate coverage by emergency medicine physicians and prompt availability of general surgeons and anesthesiologists.
  • Incorporates a comprehensive quality assessment program
  • Has developed transfer agreements for patients requiring more comprehensive care at a Level I or Level II Trauma Center.                                        
  • Provides back-up care for rural and community hospitals.                
  • Offers continued education of the nursing and allied health personnel or the trauma team.
  • Involved with prevention efforts and has an active outreach program for its referring communities.

“This verification is a testament to the multidisciplinary teamwork between the Trauma and Emergency Departments and our collaborative dedication and cooperation in providing lifesaving treatment to the severely injured patients in our care,” said Aleksandr Rakhlin, MD, FACS, Medical Director of the Montefiore Nyack Hospital Trauma Department.                     

The Consultation/Verification Program for Hospitals promotes the development of trauma centers in which participants provide not only the hospital resources necessary for trauma care, but also the entire spectrum of care to address the needs of all injured patients. This spectrum encompasses the prehospital phase through the rehabilitation process.              

About The American College of Surgeons
The American College of Surgeons (ACS) is a scientific and educational association of surgeons that was founded in 1931 to raise the standards of surgical education and practice and to improve the care of the surgical patient. The ACS has more than 72,000 members and it is the largest association of surgeons in the world. Longstanding achievements have placed the ACS in the forefront of American surgery and have made it an important advocate for all surgical patients. Recognizing that trauma is a surgical disease that demands surgical leadership, the ACS established the Committee on Trauma, its oldest standing committee, in 1922.