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AVMC Receives Verification for its Demonstrated Commitment to Quality Trauma Care

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AVMC’s Trauma Center Receives Verification from The Verification Review Committee, an Ad Hoc Committee of the Committee on Trauma of the American College of Surgeons.

(LANCASTER, CA – March 30, 2022) – The trauma center at Antelope Valley Medical Center (AVMC) has been verified as a Level II Trauma Center by the Verification Review Committee (VRC), an ad hoc committee of the Committee on Trauma (COT) of the American College of Surgeons (ACS). This achievement recognizes the trauma center's dedication to providing optimal care for injured patients.

“We can announce with great pride that the ACS once again verified AVMC as a Level II Trauma Center,” said Dr. Pavel Petrik, Antelope Valley Medical Center, Trauma Medical Director. “As the only trauma program serving the three counties in northeast Los Angeles, we are committed to providing high quality trauma care to our patients in their critical time of need.”

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 prehospital 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 ACS Committee on Trauma's verification program does not designate trauma centers. Rather, the program provides confirmation that a trauma center has demonstrated its commitment to providing the highest quality trauma care for all injured patients. The actual establishment and the designation of trauma centers is the function of local, regional, or state health care systems agencies, such as the local emergency medical services (EMS) authority.

There are five separate categories of verification in the COT's program. Each category has specific criteria that must be met by a facility seeking that level of verification. Each hospital has an on-site review by a team of experienced site reviewers, who use the current Resources for the Optimal Care of the Injured Patient manual as a guideline in conducting the survey.
Our ongoing quest for high quality patient care is notably demonstrated by this verification. We are proud of our multi-disciplinary team, whom have worked diligently to achieve this certification,” said Edward Mirzabegian, Antelope Valley Medical Center, CEO. “As the only Level II Trauma Center within a 50-mile radius of the Antelope Valley, it is our responsibility to continue achieving high standards of care.”

To learn more about the Antelope Valley Medical Center Level II Trauma Center, in addition, to the Prevention Programs available to the community, please visit:

About the American College 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 over 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.

About Antelope Valley Medical Center

Antelope Valley Medical Center*, the only full-service, acute-care hospital in the Antelope Valley, has been delivering exceptional care to the community since 1955. It offers the region’s only Level II Trauma Center, Pediatric unit, NICU, Inpatient Mental Health Department, Labor and Delivery, Accredited Chest Pain Center/STEMI Receiving Center, Advanced Primary & Comprehensive Stroke Center and Comprehensive Community Cancer Center. More information is available at or by calling (661) 949-5000. Follow us @avmedicalcenter on social media to stay informed on AVMC updates.
*formerly Antelope Valley Hospital