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 Medical Center-based collaborative program of 18 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.

CREST Symposium update

We are excited to announce a change in the format for this year’s CREST Symposium.

CREST will be joining forces with Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center's Emergency Medicine Services (DHMC–EMS) as well as the Wilderness and Austere Medicine (WAM) fellowship program to hold a collaborative 2-day event. The Northern New England Emergency Services and Wilderness Medicine Symposium will be held at the Lake Morey Resort in Fairlee, VT on October 9 & 10, 2024. There will be two full days of timely and relevant lectures, hands-on workshops, and many other activities, covering a range of rural, emergency, and wilderness medical situations. Please mark your calendars. Registration details will be available soon. We look forward to seeing everyone!

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 disclaimer

The resources on the CREST website are intended only as a general educational resource for hospitals and clinicians, and are not intended to reflect or establish a standard of care or to replace individual clinician judgment and medical decision making for specific healthcare environments and patient situations.

For more information, review the complete Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center and Clinics disclaimer.