Kissimmee, FL — Osceola Regional Medical Center has received official designation as a Level II Trauma Center from the Florida Department of Health. Florida Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA) officials completed an in-depth review, including an on-site visits to the hospital in March, before issuing approval.

In May 2015, the hospital successfully completed AHCA’s initial review phase and was granted Provisional Level II Trauma Center status. Since then, the hospital has accepted Level II trauma patients with critical injuries, such as victims of motor vehicle accidents, falls, sports injuries and penetrating wounds.

When emergency medical services personnel respond to critically injured patients, they transport them to the nearest trauma center capable of providing appropriate treatment. Prior to May 2015, many patients in South Orange, Osceola and Polk counties were transported more than 25 miles to the nearest trauma center. The availability of a trauma center in Osceola County reduces transport times for many patients during the “golden hour” – a 60-minute window for bringing patients to a designated trauma center. Multiple studies, including a Sept. 2015 study in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) Surgery, show that the sooner care is given within that hour, the better the outcome. Trauma is the leading cause of death among Floridians under the age of 44, and Florida’s death rate for trauma remains higher than the national average.

Osceola Regional Medical Center is affiliated with Florida’s first and largest statewide network of trauma centers, developed as an affiliation between the University of South Florida (USF) and HCA to improve access and outcomes of injured patients. These trauma centers provide:

  • 24/7 in-house coverage by a trauma surgeon
  • 24/7 access to specialty and non-specialty surgeons and physicians
  • 24/7 on-call neurosurgeons
  • 24/7 on-site anesthesia provider, surgical services team and trauma-trained nurses

Robert Krieger, CEO of Osceola Regional Medical Center, said: “Meeting our community’s urgent need for specialized trauma care has been a tremendous privilege, and we are thankful for the continued opportunity to serve trauma patients and their families.”