MIAMI, FL – Kendall Regional Medical Center announces the verification by the Florida Department of Health for their Level II Trauma Center designation.
“For a year and a half, Kendall Regional Medical Center’s talented trauma center staff has dedicated themselves to saving more lives and making a difference in our community. Now that we have a fully verified Level II trauma center we can continue to fulfill our mission of providing quality, accessible trauma care for Miami-Dade County residents and our county’s visitors,” said Scott Cihak, Chief Executive Officer of Kendall Regional Medical.
Kendall Regional Medical Center serves Dade, Monroe, and Collier Counties and during its first year as a provisional trauma center, treated nearly 2,500 patients, with survivor rates significantly better than state and national averages at 96.11 percent as compared to 94.66 percent for all trauma centers in Florida. The USF/HCA Trauma Network focuses on providing life-saving trauma care to patients in parts of the state where trauma care is most needed because existing facilities were unavailable or too far away. While saving lives is the central mission at Kendall Regional South Florida Trauma Center, we have also supported the local economy and development of our community with more than $3.9 million in capital expenditures to build our state-of-the-art trauma center and the creation of 186 jobs.
“This full Level II designation allows emergency responders to get patients to trauma centers within the critical “golden hour,” which is the most important time for a patient to get treatment for their injuries and increases their survival rate dramatically. Research shows that a trauma patient has a 25 percent greater chance of survival when treated in a trauma center and the Department of Health’s verification of Kendall today will certainly lead to more lives saved.” said Dr. Mark McKenney, Medical Director Kendall Regional Medical Center South Florida Trauma Center.