Rochester, NY - Rochester General Hospital has earned a well-deserved reputation for providing extraordinary care for critically ill and injured individuals. With more than 125,000 patients visiting the hospital’s Emergency Department in 2016, it is the twelfth busiest ED in the country. Based on its long experience, ongoing commitment to the community, and the proven high level of care it provides, the Rochester General community is pleased to announce that Rochester General Hospital is in the process of pursuing designation as a Level III trauma center.
Leading the charge toward this important designation will be Bro. Christopher J. Richardson, DO, who has been named Trauma Program Medical Director. Bro. Dr. Richardson has been a Rochester General team member since 2006. He is a board-certified General Surgeon who completed his residency in General Surgery at St. Barnabas Hospital and Regional Trauma Center in Bronx, NY, in 2004 and a fellowship in Hand Surgery at Lincoln Medical and Mental Health Center in the Bronx in 2005. Bro. Dr. Richardson will be partnering with the President of Rochester General Hospital and the Chief of Surgical Services in pursuit of the Level III Trauma Center designation.
A 1993 initiate of Tau Iota Chapter, Hartford, CT, Bro. Dr. Richardson stated “we have already begun the process to move forward in the pursuit of Level III Trauma Center designation. We plan to apply for review by the American College of Surgeons (ACS) later this year in hopes that the hospital will be designated a Level III Trauma Center by the ACS and the state Department of Health within two years.”
He went on to say, “we believe that this designation will serve to recognize current emergency department practices for dealing with critically ill and injured patients and the high level of complex care we provide every day, in all of our care settings.”
This is an exciting step forward for Rochester General Hospital and Rochester Regional Health, and reaffirms its commitment to providing high-quality, accessible care for all our patients, neighbors, and friends