Ryder Trauma Center at Jackson Memorial Hospital has been verified as a Level 1 trauma center by the American College of Surgeons (ACS). Ryder is the only Level 1 trauma center verified by the ACS Committee on Trauma in Miami-Dade County, and one of just two in Florida. This is an achievement that recognizes that Ryder’s leadership, medical team, and support staff are dedicated to providing optimal care for injured patients.

Verified trauma centers must meet measurable high-standards of criteria that ensure trauma care capabilities and institutional performance. For patients, their families, and the community, verification confirms that Ryder has demonstrated its commitment to deliver the highest quality trauma care.

“Ryder has been one of Jackson’s cornerstones for 23 years, coveted as one of the world’s busiest and most renowned trauma centers,” said Carlos A. Migoya, president and CEO of Jackson Health System. “It is also the go-to healthcare destination for Miami-Dade County’s most critical and complex medical cases. This designation is a testament to the excellent, lifesaving care delivered at Ryder at all times.”

The verification was announced Tuesday, April 21, by the Verification Review Committee (VRC), an ad hoc committee of the Committee on Trauma (COT) of the ACS. Established by the American College of Surgeons in 1987, the COT’s Consultation/Verification Program for Hospitals promotes the development of trauma centers in which participants provide not only the hospital resources necessary for trauma care, but also the entire spectrum of care to address the needs of all injured patients. This spectrum encompasses the pre-hospital phase through the rehabilitation process.

Verified trauma centers must meet the essential criteria that ensure trauma care capability and institutional performance, as outlined by the American College of Surgeons’ Committee on Trauma in its current Resources for Optimal Care of the Injured Patient manual. The verification is determined following an on-site review of the hospital, conducted by a team of reviewers experienced in the field of trauma.

“Verification as a Level 1 trauma center by the ACS demonstrates that Ryder is serving the community at the highest level of national standards,” said Nicholas Namias, MD, MBA, FACS, FCCM, medical director of Ryder Trauma Center at Jackson Memorial Hospital and the chairman of the Florida Committee on Trauma of the American College of Surgeons. “Ryder performs on the worldwide stage, and this confirms it.”

Ryder’s history dates back to 1992, when it opened its doors just weeks before Hurricane Andrew devastated south Miami-Dade County. Since then, it has become the designated facility to treat the President of the United States, if necessary, as well as the home of the United States Army Trauma Training Center, where Army Forward Surgical Teams train and prepare to provide care to those injured on the battlefield.

Ryder also houses the Miami Burn Center, one of the leading burn treatment facilities in the nation. It is the only American Burn Association-verified center in South Florida and one of three in the state. Hundreds of burn victims – adults and children – are treated annually as inpatients, and are also followed through outpatient care for as long as needed.

In addition to the world-class care provided at Ryder, the facility is also a leader in research and education. Surgical and medical teams from throughout the United States, the Caribbean, Europe, and Asia have visited the trauma center to study how Ryder’s top caregivers provide advanced trauma care to all of their patients.

Today, Ryder is the centerpiece of Miami-Dade County’s trauma care system – a proven leader with years of experience and successes.
“While there are other trauma centers in our community, none can compete with Ryder’s unmatched care, quality outcomes, and first-class medical staff,” Migoya said. “Every day, Ryder’s medical team – University of Miami trauma surgeons alongside Jackson nurses, therapists, technicians and other support staff – makes miracles happen.”

About The American Colleges of Surgeons
The American College of Surgeons is a scientific and educational association of surgeons that was founded in 1913 to raise the standards of surgical education and practice and to improve the care of the surgical patient. The College has more than 72,000 members and it is the largest association of surgeons in the world. Longstanding achievements have placed the ACS in the forefront of American surgery and have made it an important advocate for all surgical patients.