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Citizens Medical Center, Inc. Receives Level IV Trauma Center Designation from KDHE

Colby, Kansas. – The trauma center at Citizens Medical Center, Inc. (CMCI) has been designated as a Level IV Trauma Center by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment.

“Trauma center designation is one component of a comprehensive statewide trauma system designed to get patients with life-threatening injuries to a hospital with the necessary resources, said Susan Mosier, M.D., KDHE Secretary and State Health Officer. “We congratulate CMCI for serving as a vital resource when every second matters.”

Level IV trauma centers are rural hospitals whose primary role is to stabilize seriously injured patients and, if necessary, transfer them to a higher level trauma center. Hospitals that have achieved Level IV trauma center designation have demonstrated a commitment to providing optimal care for those who have been seriously injured.

Designated trauma centers must meet the essential criteria that ensure trauma care capability and institutional performance as outlined by the American College of Surgeons and endorsed by the Kansas Advisory Committee on Trauma.

There are four separate categories of designation by the Kansas Trauma Program. Each category has specific criteria that must be met by a facility seeking that level of designation. A trauma care system includes a network of hospitals providing a spectrum of care for injured patients. Trauma center destinations are based on the hospital’s care capability, from the highest, Level I, to hospitals designated Level IV.

Injuries are a leading cause of death and disability in Kansas. KDHE’s Trauma Program works to assure those that are injured in Kansas have access to an organized system of trauma care that offers them the best chance of recovery. “We are thrilled to receive this level of designation from KDHE. The CMCI providers and staff have worked diligently to achieve this accomplishment and we appreciate their efforts in this achievement, said Greg Unruh, CMCI CEO. “A Level IV designation will enable us to provide our community with the best care possible by using a standardized process of evidence based training. All patients will receive thorough evaluations for the best determination of care needed. The combination of the designation along with providing 24/7 surgical coverage, positions us to provide care for patients suffering from major traumatic injuries through initial care and stabilization or arrangement of transfer if needed. This is just one more step that CMCI is making to Enhance the Lives of Those We Serve.” 

Citizens Medical Center, Inc. is participating in a Medicare Shared Savings Program Accountable Care Organization

What’s An Accountable Care Organization (ACO)?

  • An ACO is a group of doctors and other health care providers who voluntarily work together with Medicare to give you high quality service and care at the right time in the right setting. We are participating in Kansas Clinical Improvement Collaborative, a Medicare Shared Savings Program ACO.  
  • An ACO is not a Medicare Advantage Plan, (like an HMO or PPO), or an insurance plan.
  • ACOs don’t change your Medicare benefits.

How Will An ACO Help My Doctor Coordinate My Care?

  • Your doctors will have a more complete picture of your health through talking with your other doctors.
  • To help you get better, more coordinated care, Medicare will share certain health information with us about the care you get from your doctors and other health care providers unless you ask Medicare not to share it. Medicare may also share your health information with other ACOs in which your other doctors or health care providers participate.
  • We may continue to recommend that you see particular doctors for your specific health needs, but it’s always your choice about what doctors you see or hospitals you visit.

What Do I Need To Do?

  • If you want Medicare to share information about the health care you received with KCIC or with other ACOs in which your other doctors or health care providers participate, there’s nothing more you need to do.
  • If you do not want Medicare to share your health care information, you need to call 1-800 MEDICARE (1-800-633-4227) and tell the representative that your doctor is part of an ACO and you don’t want Medicare to share your health care information. TTY users should call 1-877-486-2048.
  • If you change your mind in the future, you can call 1-800-MEDICARE and tell the representative what you have decided. We can’t communicate with Medicare on your behalf.
  • Even if you decline to share your health care information, Medicare will still use your information for some purposes, like assessing the financial and quality of care performance of the providers participating in ACOs.  Also, Medicare may share some of your health care information with ACOs when measuring the quality of care given by health care providers participating in those ACOs.

What If I Have Questions?

  • If you have questions or concerns, call us at [NUMBER], or we can discuss them next time you’re in our office. At that time, you may request a copy of our Beneficiary Information Notice that offers more information about ACOs and care coordination.  You can also call 1-800-MEDICARE and tell the representative you’re calling to learn more about ACOs, or visit Medicare.gov/acos.html.


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CMCI is the people’s choice as a provider of care, place to work and partner for regional growth. Our financial health supports keeping pace with an ever changing healthcare environment.  Our reputation of quality and caring continuously strengthens our relationships with the communities we serve.  Every choice made and action taken during the life of this vision helps achieve our mission.


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