A recent study shows that a Northern Hills medical facility is more equipped to handle trauma care.
Spearfish Regional Hospital's trauma center has been elevated from a "level four" facility to "level three" after a recent visit from the American College of Surgeons.
For comparison, there are no level one facilities in South Dakota, with Rapid City Regional Hospital receiving a "level two" mark.
The facility will be re–evaluated every three years for qualification, something that showcases a permanent change.
"The staff really understands the criteria to reach the
level three or higher level. And again they have to train in that regard and to
satisfy that so as was mentioned it's not just a one time achievement, it's
really a permanent change," said Tim Sughrue, Chief Operating Officer of Regional Health.
Regional health officials mentioned the practice of A.T.L.S." or advanced-trauma-life-support was instrumental in the increase in their rating.