NASHVILLE, Tenn. (November 9, 2016) – TriStar Skyline Medical Center announced today the appointment of its Level II trauma center director. David Kerley, RN, has assumed the role as the hospital’s trauma program director.
As one of only eight Level I or Level II trauma centers in the state, Kerley plays a vital role in emergency care, overseeing a team that serves 57 counties in Tennessee and 47 counties in Kentucky in addition to aiding 71 unique healthcare partners around the region in the management of critically ill or injured patients.
"Trauma requires diligent teamwork from all departments within a hospital and I am fortunate to have worked with and grown professionally from so many great,experienced mentors at TriStar Skyline," said Kerley. "I feel very privileged to lead this extraordinary team and know we will continue to excel across the facility while providing excellent care to our trauma patients."
Kerley started at TriStar Skyline in March of 2002 as a certified pharmacy technician while completing his nursing degree. Upon graduating cum laude from Tennessee State University in 2008, Kerley has taken on numerous leadership roles including mostly recently trauma performance improvement and injury prevention coordinator.
With traumatic injury, saving time is crucial. Kerley has been active in developing best practices to ensure the trauma team has the specialized equipment and resources to respond quickly for a higher likelihood of patient survival.
Kerley’s responsibilities include coordinating emergency medical services (EMS) response and collaboration from trauma surgeons and specialists. EMS makes split-second, life-saving decisions when transporting patients to the ER.
The TriStar Skyline team works closely with EMS partners to provide care before patients arrive so the trauma team stands ready for critical emergencies. Trauma surgeons are on-site 24/7 and additional physician specialists are always available, including neurosurgeons, orthopedic surgeons and oral maxillofacial surgeons.Read his feature in the Nashville Business Journal