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CREST (Center for Rural Emergency Services and Trauma)

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The Center for Rural Emergency Services and Trauma (CREST) is a Dartmouth-Hitchcock based collaborative program of 17 critical access hospitals and community hospitals.

CREST (Center for Rural Emergency Services and Trauma) was founded in 2007 with the mission of improving the emergency care of rural patients through efficient access to specialty care and supporting high-quality local care. Through innovative education, quality improvement, and best practice/protocol-sharing initiatives, CREST aims to tackle the obstacles faced by engaging in thoughtful conversation and collaboration with our regional colleagues.

  • Clinical transfer process improvement
  • Provider education and protocols
  • Best practices and protocols in rural emergency and trauma care
  • Telehealth advancement
  • Local care support when possible
  • Transfer process improvement when necessary

CREST hosts an annual symposium for health care professionals, and offers educational workshops and case reviews. These educational events are eligible for continuing education units (CEUs).

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