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Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children Receives Level I Trauma Center Verification

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children, Wilmington

Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children’s Trauma Center has been verified as a Level I Pediatric Trauma Center by the American College of Surgeons (ACS). This achievement recognizes the trauma center's dedication to providing optimal, round-the-clock care for the region’s most sick and injured patients, from admission through rehabilitation and follow-up care.

The Delaware Division of Public Health officially designated duPont Hospital for Children as a Level 1 Pediatric Trauma Center during a special ceremony at the hospital on May 6, 2014. duPont Hospital for Children is the only Level I Pediatric Trauma Center in the state of Delaware, and is the first stop for sick and severely injured children in the tri-state area.

Key Facts
  • The American College of Surgeons’ Committee on Trauma (COT) makes certain that trauma centers provide not only the hospital resources necessary for trauma care, but also the entire spectrum of care to address the needs of all injured patients.
  • Verified trauma centers must meet the essential criteria that ensure trauma care capability and institutional performance, as outlined by the ACS’ Committee on Trauma in its current Resources for Optimal Care of the Injured Patient manual.
  • Nemours duPont Hospital for Children became a Level III Trauma Center in 2006 and was designated a Level II status is 2008. In 2013, we were given Provisional Level I Pediatric Trauma Center status.
  • In order to receive the Level I trauma designation, a hospital must provide the most advanced critical care, like pediatric neurosurgery and advanced orthopedic procedures, treat a high volume of complex cases, and produce successful outcomes, among other criteria.
  • The Pediatric Trauma Center at duPont Hospital for Children provides specialized emergency and ongoing care for sick and injured children and teens 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Over 1000 children with moderate to severe injuries were treated at our Pediatric Trauma Center in 2013.

"Level I verification for our trauma center is the result of a dedicated, multi-disciplinary team approach to provide the most comprehensive care to our region’s acutely injured children. What it means for parents is that no matter what type or how serious the injury, we have the experienced trauma team and state-of-the-art equipment and to care for your child."

Diane Hochstuhl, MSN, RN, NP-C, Trauma and Transport Program Director

"The timing of this Level I designation couldn’t be any better. To meet the ever-increasing needs of our community’s pediatric population, our Hospital Expansion includes a new Emergency Department, which will double our capacity to care for Delaware’s, and the region’s, sick and injured children."

Roy Proujansky, MD, Chief Executive of Nemours
Delaware Valley Operations

"Delawareans should be proud and feel so fortunate to have [duPont Hospital for Children] in our state. I know I feel tremendous gratitude, not just as Director of the Division of Public Health, but as a pediatrician, and as a mother."

Karyl Rattay, MD, MS, Director, Division of Public Health


Left to right: Fran Gill-Appiot, Trauma APN; Heather Kulp, Trauma Nurse Research Coordinator; Jennifer McCue, Injury Prevention Coordinator; Lisa Giffin, Trauma Administrative Assistant; Dr. Steven Murphy, Trauma Medical Director; Deb Romeo, Trauma Analyst; Diane Hochstuhl, Director of Trauma & Transport; Sean Elwell, Trauma Program Manager; Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children

About Nemours

Nemours is an internationally recognized children's health system that owns and operates the two free-standing children’s hospitals: the Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children in Wilmington, Del., and Nemours Children's Hospital in Orlando, Fla., along with outpatient facilities in five states, delivering pediatric primary, specialty and urgent care. Nemours also powers the world’s most-visited website for information on the health of children and teens,, and offers on-demand, online video patient visits through Nemours CareConnect. Nemours is a program dedicated to preventing reading failure in young children, grounded in Nemours’ understanding that child health and learning are inextricably linked, and that reading level is a strong predictor of adult health.

Established as The Nemours Foundation through the legacy and philanthropy of Alfred I. duPont, Nemours provides pediatric clinical care, research, education, advocacy and prevention programs to families in the communities it serves.