The hospital's new categorization means that it provides the applicable services twenty-four hours a day, seven days per week. The notification from ECS stated that local emergency medical services (EMS) would be informed that Trios Health will now provide this higher level of service for patients brought to the hospital by ambulance. The categorization became effective March 21, 2014.
"Last fall the Joint Commission named Trios Health the only 'Top Performer' in the Tri-Cities in three key areas, including heart failure care. Now the State recognizes our increased capabilities and the high level of care our team delivers," said Glen Marshall, chief executive officer. "Doing what it takes to become a Level I Cardiac Center has been a focal point for us. Providing the services our patients want and need is at the heart of our commitment to this community."
Trios announced in February an expansion to its capabilities to diagnose and treat heart and blood vessel conditions via cardiac catheterization with interventional cardiology. A subspecialty of cardiology, interventional cardiology offers an alternative to invasive surgical procedures and helps address an array of emergent cardiac and related medical conditions. The program is led by Dr. Yunus Moosa, medical director of Trios Cardiology Services.
"Since starting our interventional program at Trios in October, we've experienced a rapid and steady increase in the volumes of patients," Dr. Moosa said. "Clearly, the Tri-Cities needs and wants these life-changing services. We look forward to continued growth in the program to answer that call."
Interventional cardiology services will relocate to the new Trios Southridge Hospital when it opens in June.
Trios Health, formerly known as Kennewick General Hospital, is the Kennewick Public Hospital District's system of care serving the greater Tri-Cities. The District, which offers hospital services at its original Kennewick location, will expand in June 2014 with the opening of a full-service, state-of-the-art hospital at Southridge to accommodate the medical needs of the area's fast-growing population. Trios Medical Group, comprised of nearly 100 employed physicians and providers, serves as the core of a growing medical staff network of 270+ providers throughout the Tri-Cities and includes practices and services at nine Care Centers and three Urgent Care Centers. Trios Foundation enhances patient care through fundraising that enables new programs and services, and brings new equipment to Trios Health.