Trauma Center At Methodist Hospital Northlake Gets National Accreditation - August 21, 2017

Courtesy of Lakeshore Public Radio • August 21, 2017

By Chris Nolte

A “Regionally Speaking” conversation with Jennifer Mullen, RN, Trauma Program Coordinator, and Dr. Reuben Rutland, one of the Trauma Center surgeons at Methodist Hospital Northlake in Gary

Methodist Hospitals began the process two years ago of seeking Level III Trauma Center status for the Northlake campus in Gary from the American College of Surgeons. Today — the hospital has that designation.

Methodist Hospitals CEO and President Ray Grady says this achievement recognizes the trauma center’s dedication to providing optimal care for injured patients. And Grady adds that working toward getting the Trauma Center in Gary was a team effort of doctors, nurses and staff across the organization.

The process for hospitals to be accredited as Trauma Level III Centers was established by the American College of Surgeons in 1987. The Trauma Program Coordinator, Jennifer Mullen, joined trauma surgeon Reuben Rutland, M.D. Monday on “Regionally Speaking” to talk about the accreditation. Mullen offers first this history lesson on trauma care in northwest Indiana.