Cohen awarded top trauma designation

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The American College of Surgeons has verified Cohen Children’s Medical Center as a Level 1 Pediatric Trauma Center – the second time the ACS has granted top trauma marks to a Northwell Health hospital on Long Island.

In 2014, North Shore University Hospital in Manhasset was verified by the ACS as a Level 1 Adult Trauma Center, meaning it met essential criteria to ensure trauma-care capabilities as outlined by the ACS’s trauma committee. Now the ACS has also recognized Cohen’s Children’s Medical Center, the first hospital in either New York City or Long Island to earn the Level 1 Pediatric Trauma Center distinction.

Opened in 1983, the Steven and Alexandra Cohen Children’s Medical Center of New York is home to 675 pediatricians, part of a 1,200-strong workforce that’s earned nine consecutive spots in U.S. News and World Report’s annual ranking of “America’s Best Children’s Hospitals.”

The ACS recognized the New Hyde Park hospital for its access to SkyHealth, Northwell Health’s air medical program, which can transport critically ill children to Cohen’s Children for expert care and keep remote pediatric-trauma surgeons available for emergencies.

The ACS also noted Cohen Children’s extensive pediatric intensive-care unit and its Pediatric Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygen program, part of the hospital’s Medical-Surgical Intensive Care Unit and the only program of its kind on Long Island. The ECMO involves a team of cardiac doctors, nurses and respiratory therapists, all focused on an advanced external pump that oxygenates the blood and performs other cardiac and respiratory functions for critically ill children awaiting or recovering from surgery.

Dr. Jose Prince, trauma medical director at Cohen’s Children, said the medical center was honored to be recognized as the only Level 1 Pediatric Trauma Center across Long Island and the five boroughs.

“This distinction serves to inspire our combined staff of surgeons, doctors, nurses and therapists to continue to provide excellence in clinical care, research, quality improvement, education and injury prevention,” Prince said in a statement. “It is a great achievement to be recognized as a leader in these efforts at the national level.”

o mark the ACS verification, the hospital held a ceremony welcoming back Mohmun Farhadi, a 16-year-old Bethpage resident who underwent life-saving surgery at Cohen’s Children on New Year’s Eve after he and his 29-year-old brother were stabbed in a road rage attack.

While his brother underwent emergency surgery on a severe leg wound at Plainview Hospital, Mohmun was rushed to Cohen’s Children’s, where the pediatric trauma team treated him for a pierced lung.

A week after the incident, Mohmum was discharged and returned to school – a happy ending that “exemplifies perfectly the teamwork necessary” to earn the ACS Level 1 distinction, according to Dr. Charles Schleien, senior vice president and pediatrics chairman at Cohen Children’s.

One other Northwell Health hospital on Long Island has earned an ACS trauma verification: Southside Hospital in Bay Shore is an ACS-verified Level 2 Adult Trauma Center.