An extended interview with Dr. S. Lee Miller, Medical Director of Trauma Services, on Trauma Services Celebrating 20 Years
Q. How do you feel about Trauma services celebrating 20-years?
A. This is exciting. This is exciting. Hard to believe that we started out way back then and here we are, you know, beautiful facility, good outcomes, things are going well so everything’s, everything’s real good.
Q. We talked to the family over here from Ligonier and like most people they don’t think about trauma until it happens, but how important do you think it is?
A. It’s critical. It’s one of the critical axes that we need for our healthcare system. That trauma affects the majority of us right at the prime of our life, affects without warning. Your whole life and your family’s life is completely put in disarray, and it is imperative that there is an organized system there to help put the pieces together.
Q. What are the benefits for being a Level I, like what are the benefits for the community?
A. Probably mostly it shows the commitment the organization has to trauma care. The clinical difference between a Level I and a Level II are not very much. The majority is in research. A Level I center has a general surgery residency program so part of our commitment is to ensure that the future generations of surgeons are able to take care of trauma patients.
Q. And obviously a lot of times trauma we think of the surgeons and the team that is right there initially, but there is so much more.
A. Oh it’s everyone, it’s everyone. It’s every, everyone who works in the hospital is part of the team. Their commitment is instrumental in good outcomes. You know everything from housekeeping, materials management, environmental facilities, everything. You know people think that the surgeon and the nurses, that’s just the first layer, and there are just literally hundreds and hundreds of people whose input is vital to make sure the patient has a good outcome at the final, at the end.