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Advocate Condell celebrates 10 years as Level 1 trauma center

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  • Nurses Leah Nayden, Mevcidita Dela Cruz and Ana Salandanan take part in Advocate Condell Medical Center's 10th anniversary celebration of its Level 1 trauma center in Libertyville on Tuesday.

    Nurses Leah Nayden, Mevcidita Dela Cruz and Ana Salandanan take part in Advocate Condell Medical Center's 10th anniversary celebration of its Level 1 trauma center in Libertyville on Tuesday.
    Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer

  • Flight for Life helicopter crew, Jerry Notowitz, pilot, from Johnsburg, Flight Nurse Kira Dimitrijevich of Grayslake and Scott Anderson, flight paramedic from McHenry, eat lunch as part of Advocate Condell Medical Center's 10th anniversary celebration of its Level 1 trauma center in Libertyville on Tuesday.

    Flight for Life helicopter crew, Jerry Notowitz, pilot, from Johnsburg, Flight Nurse Kira Dimitrijevich of Grayslake and Scott Anderson, flight paramedic from McHenry, eat lunch as part of Advocate Condell Medical Center's 10th anniversary celebration of its Level 1 trauma center in Libertyville on Tuesday.
    Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer

  • Dr. Scott Otto and Dr. Scott Miller cut the anniversary cake as Advocate Condell Medical Center President Mike Ploszek and Dr. William Watson look on during the Tuesday's 10th anniversary celebration of Condell's Level 1 trauma center in Libertyville.

    Dr. Scott Otto and Dr. Scott Miller cut the anniversary cake as Advocate Condell Medical Center President Mike Ploszek and Dr. William Watson look on during the Tuesday's 10th anniversary celebration of Condell's Level 1 trauma center in Libertyville.
    Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer

 
Daily Herald report

Emergency and medical superheroes came together Tuesday for a picnic lunch to celebrate the 10th anniversary of Advocate Condell Medical Center's Level 1 trauma center in Libertyville.

"Superheroes Unite!" was the theme of the celebration that included first responders, Flight for Life, representatives from Gift of Hope Organ & Tissue Donor Network and hospital staff members to mark the occasion. Condell remains the first and only such designation in Lake County.

It means the hospital has the staff, equipment and facilities available 24 hours to deal with the most severe situations, from traffic accidents to gunshot wounds. Trauma refers to an injury that is life-threatening or has a high risk of being life-threatening. Advocate Lutheran General in Park Ridge is the closest Level 1 trauma center to Condell.

A Level 1 trauma center designation means the entire hospital and its operations function as a comprehensive, regional center providing a spectrum of services for a range of injuries, officials said.