Fisher-Titus and the MetroHealth announce trauma partnership
Dr. Jeffrey Claridge, Trauma Surgeon and Director, Trauma Services, MetroHealth, and Dr. Brent Burkey, president, Fisher-Titus Health.
Submitted by FISHER-TITUS
NORWALK – Fisher-Titus Health and The MetroHealth System (Cleveland) have announced a new partnership that will enhance the level of trauma services available at Fisher-Titus Medical Center.
“We are excited to partner with this locally and nationally recognized provider of trauma care,” said Dr. Brent Burkey, president, Fisher-Titus Health. “Through this collaboration, more trauma patients will be able to receive care at Fisher-Titus and remain in our community rather than being referred to another city.”
As part of this partnership, a MetroHealth team that includes physician and operational leadership will begin to co-manage the trauma program at Fisher-Titus starting this fall. Early in 2019, specialized trauma surgeons will begin working in coordination with Fisher-Titus physicians and staff to provide trauma care for patients.
“We know that patients want to receive care closer to home, and we are proud to bring our expert trauma services to the residents of Norwalk and the surrounding communities. This partnership allows patients to remain close to their families as they recover,” said Dr. Bernard Boulanger, executive vice president and chief clinical officer at MetroHealth.
Fisher-Titus is a Level III Trauma Center, a designation which was earned in 2009. As a Level III Trauma Center, surgical specialists are available 24 hours a day to provide comprehensive care to patients with traumatic injuries and to coordinate transfers to a higher level trauma facility when warranted.
“As we continue to proactively address the challenges of the ever-changing environment in the health care industry, strong collaborations such as this are critical to ensuring our community continues to have access to excellent care and for sustaining our success as an independent, community hospital that offers the highest level of care to our patients close to home,” said Dr. Burkey.