InFiscalYear2017,* 60% OF ALL TRAUMA INJURIES TREATED AT CONCORD HOSPITAL werefrom falls. *October 1, 2016 – September 30, 2017 KatieHartford CONCORD HOSPITAL TRAUMA PROGRAM MANAGER 38 Regional Presence Expansion THE ORTHOPAEDIC INSTITUTE More New Hampshire residents choose Concord Hospital for orthopaedic care than any other hospital in the state.That’s because the nationally recognized Orthopaedic Institute at Concord Hospital includes 31 physicians, surgeons, physician assistants and nurse practitioners from Concord Orthopaedics who specialize in orthopaedic and rheumatology care.The physicians specialize in a particular area of orthopaedics including sports medicine, total joint surgery, spine care, hand surgery, trauma, foot and ankle care, pediatric orthopaedics, general orthopaedics and rheumatology. Backed by nurses specially trained in orthopaedic care, the team offers personalized attention for patients and their families from diagnosis to rehabilitation. TraumaProgram No one plans ahead to see the trauma care specialists at Concord Hospital. But the providers have trained extensively and planned ahead to be certain the best care is waiting when calamity strikes. At Concord Hospital, the number of trauma patients has increased approximately 14 percent every year for the last six years, meaning theTrauma Program must continue to grow to meet the demand and the complexity of traumatic injuries. Other hospitals recognize the quality of trauma care Concord Hospital provides, so the number of injured patients transferred here for treatment also has increased. “Trauma patients are inherently complicated because they are not someone who comes in who needs to have an appendix out,”said Concord HospitalTrauma Program Manager Katie Hartford.“They are multi-system injured patients, often with social needs and psychological needs in addition to their physical injury.” The largest cause of traumatic injuries treated at Concord Hospital is trips and falls. Falls from standing account for 47 percent of injuries. Falls from height, such as ladders, account for another 13 percent. “Injuries from falls can be devastating,” Hartford said, causing hip, rib and wrist factures as well as head injuries. Part of what makes the program stand apart from others in the state is that Concord Hospital has a large service area and stands alone geographically. “We don’t have other nearby facilities, other trauma centers,”Hartford said.“We service a large area and we also service a large number of transfer facilities including Lakes Region General Hospital in Laconia, Franklin Regional Hospital, Speare Memorial Hospital in Plymouth and hospitals in northern New Hampshire. Being on the I-93 corridor, we are often the most convenient trauma center to get to.” The Hospital is recruiting for an additional trauma and acute care surgeon and also has expanded its injury prevention program. “We can’t cure disease in theTrauma Program, but we try to prevent accidents before they happen,”Hartford said. In collaboration with other Hospital departments and programs, the top priority is falls prevention.TheTrauma Program also is working to help develop a geriatric trauma policy to address the special needs of elderly patients, such as chronic conditions that do not typically complicate treatment for younger trauma patients.The average trauma patient at Concord Hospital is 65 years of age or older. We areproactive.