Jamaica Hospital Medical Center is one of the busiest trauma centers in New York City and the five boroughs, and the only trauma center providing care for a large community in South Queens. We are proud to be designated as a Level 1 Trauma Center by the American College of Surgeons, the highest designation level. This means that our trauma center is prepared to provide emergent life-saving care to the most seriously injured patients 24 hours a day.
In the spring of 2020 while our community began to recover from the first surge of the COVID-19 pandemic, we noticed a disturbing trend: more and more patients were coming to Jamaica Hospital for firearm-related injuries.
We recognized the importance of expanding our efforts beyond patients’ medical needs to potentially impact other determinants of gun violence in our community. By taking a true public health approach to gun violence, we can make a meaningful change in not only our patients’ lives but for all of Queens, as we work as a community to end gun violence.
With that, we are proud to announce Jamaica Hospital’s V.E.T.O program, for Violence Elimination and Trauma Outreach.
As our clinical group of trauma physicians and nurses focus on healing injuries, our team of social workers and case managers will focus on addressing non-medical determinants of health for gun violence survivors by providing violence intervention services and guidance to hospital and community resources. We are fostering relationships with community organizations to provide additional support for gun violence survivors and their families and working to raise awareness on the epidemic of gun violence.