St. Francis Medical Center Earns Designation as Level III Trauma Program

10/21/2021

"Providing this higher level of care, in partnership with our physicians, is just one of the many efforts from our ministry to build a healthier community through clinical excellence," said Kristin Wolkart, President.

MONROE, LA – St. Francis Medical Center officials announced today that the hospital has received Level III Trauma Designation from the Louisiana Emergency Response Network (LERN) after successfully completing a rigorous review process.

St. Francis Medical Center officially submitted their attestation to the Louisiana Emergency Response Network (LERN) for this designation earlier this summer. St. Francis is also working with LERN to complete the trauma center verification, consultation, and review process through the American College of Surgeons Committee on Trauma (ASC COT) to become a nationally recognized trauma center. The ACS verification process takes place over a three-year period and verifies the presence of certain resources needed for optimal care of an injured patient. 

"Residents in Northeast Louisiana will be able to receive life-saving care closer to home as a result of our Level III Trauma designation," St. Francis Medical Center President Kristin Wolkart said. "Providing this higher level of care, in partnership with our physicians, is just one of the many efforts from our ministry to build a healthier community through clinical excellence." 

A Level III Trauma Center has demonstrated an ability to provide prompt assessment, resuscitation, surgery, intensive care, and stabilization of injured patients and emergency operations. Elements of Level III Trauma Centers include the following: 
  • 24-hour immediate coverage by emergency medicine physicians and the prompt availability of general surgeons and anesthesiologists; 
  • Incorporation of a comprehensive quality assessment program;
  • Developed transfer agreements for patients requiring more comprehensive care at a Level I or Level II Trauma Center; 
  • Backup care for rural and community hospitals;
  • Continued education of the nursing and allied health personnel or the trauma team; and
  • Involvement with prevention efforts and an active outreach program for its referring communities. 
"Our mission of caring for those most in need began nearly 110 years ago when six FMOL Sisters followed God's call to serve in Northeast Louisiana. We are determined to continue their journey by improving health and saving lives through enhanced services focused on patient care," added Wolkart.

For more information on Level III Trauma designation and the rigorous standards process, visit lern.la.gov.
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Our Lady of the Lake is a not-for-profit healthcare ministry based in Baton Rouge, Louisiana with more than 7,500 employees committed to serving the Capital Region and building a healthy community through excellence in patient care and education. With an 800-bed Regional Medical Center, a dedicated Children’s Hospital, a 78-bed hospital in Gonzales, Louisiana, two freestanding emergency rooms, and a 500+ provider Physician Group, Our Lady of the Lake provides comprehensive healthcare services for common to complex conditions. Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center is a primary teaching site for graduate medical education programs and is recognized in the areas of heart and vascular, trauma and emergency care, stroke, cancer care, minimally-invasive procedures and more. Our Lady of the Lake is part of the Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady Health System.

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Our Lady of the Lake Children’s Hospital is Louisiana’s fastest growing children’s hospital treating more than 100,000 patients annually from across Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas. The hospital is the only healthcare provider in the Baton Rouge area that provides a full range of pediatric services ranging from a 24/7 pediatric emergency room to a team of more than 100 pediatricians and pediatric specialists. For more information, visit www.ololchildrens.org.

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Our Lady of the Lake Children’s Health is a collaborative, coordinated and child-focused statewide health network that provides patients with more access to physicians and providers specifically trained to care for children. The network includes hospital-based services at the main campus of Our Lady of the Lake Children's Hospital in Baton Rouge, as well as St. Francis Pediatrics in Monroe and Our Lady of Lourdes Women's and Children's in Lafayette. It also connects pediatricians, pediatric specialists and other health providers across our state with clinics in the Baton Rouge region, Hammond, Lafayette and Monroe. This model of coordinated pediatric healthcare extends the vital work happening at Our Lady of the Lake Children’s Hospital into more communities across Louisiana so families have greater access to expertise close to home.

About the Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady Health System

The Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady Health System is one of the largest healthcare systems based in Louisiana and is the leading healthcare provider for more than half the state’s population. The health system is a non-profit, Catholic organization sponsored by the Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady. Headquartered in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, the ministry serves patients in Louisiana and Mississippi through a network of hospitals, clinics, physicians, elderly housing and integrated systems. The health system’s unified physician organization is comprised of 900 adult and pediatric primary care physicians and specialists. The system’s nine hospitals include St. Francis Medical Center in Monroe, Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center in Baton Rouge and Gonzales, Our Lady of the Lake Children’s Hospital in Baton Rouge, Our Lady of Lourdes Regional Medical Center, Heart Hospital, and Women's & Children's in Lafayette, Our Lady of the Angels in Bogalusa, and St. Dominic Hospital in Jackson, Mississippi. For more information, visit www.fmolhs.org.

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With more than 450 healthcare providers throughout more than 70 locations, Our Lady of the Lake Physician Group is one of the area’s largest physician networks. In addition to primary care, this experienced group of doctors specializes in diagnosis and treatment of a broad range of illnesses and complex medical problems.

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About St. Francis Medical Group

With over 50 healthcare providers at 16 clinic locations, St. Francis Medical Group is one of the area’s largest physician networks and is backed by the resources of St. Francis Medical Center. In addition to primary care, this experienced group of providers specializes in diagnosis and treatment of a broad range of illnesses and complex medical problems. For more information visit the St. Francis Medical Center website.

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