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Naval Medical Center Camp Lejeune trauma certification extended

The Naval Medical Center Camp Lejeune seal.

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By THE DAILY NEWS Published: August 11, 2018

JACKSONVILLE, N.C. (Tribune News Service) — Naval Medical Center Camp Lejeune’s Level III Trauma Verification has been extended for an additional two years.

The hospital announced the extension in a press release on Friday, explaining that NMCCL received their certification in February for a one-year period after an extensive visit by the American College of Surgeons’ (ACS) Committee on Trauma in December.

ACS did a follow-up visit in June and has chosen to extend the certification until December 15, 2020, according to the release.

“The extension of the ACS COT Level III Trauma Verification is a tribute to the hard work of the NMCCL staff in coordination with state and local leadership,” Commanding Officer Capt. Jeffrey Timby is quoted as saying in the release. “We are extremely proud to provide trauma services to the MCB Camp Lejeune and local communities. We will strive to continuously improve our program and further integrate with local emergency medical services."

NMCCL also expects to receive the Level III Trauma Center designation from the N.C. Office of Emergency Medical Services in the coming weeks. If NMCCL receives both certifications it will become the first and only trauma center in the U.S. Navy and the only trauma center on a U.S. Marine Corps base, according to the release.

“In addition to providing valuable, life-saving care to a population underserved by trauma medicine, Level III Trauma Center verification provides an additional level of training for the active duty personnel serving at NMCCL, furthering the medical center’s mission of ‘readiness first,’” according to the release.

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