Jacksonville, FL. – Memorial Hospital is pleased to welcome Brenda Benson as the new Director of Memorial Hospital’s Trauma Services program. A Registered Nurse with 33 years of experience in Emergency and Trauma care and board certified in both specialties, Benson brings a wealth of knowledge and experience in building trauma programs.
“Brenda is a high-energy and results-driven leader with a team building mentality and a proven track record of achievement in trauma program management,” said Eleanor Lynch, Memorial Hospital Senior Vice President of Operations. “We are thrilled for Brenda to join the team and look forward to her leadership as we continue to provide a high level of care to those with severe injuries and illnesses.”
In this role, Benson will supervise trauma registry data, performance metrics and research initiatives. As the program director, Benson will also be responsible for overall clinical and operational performance including trauma performance improvement plans, patient safety initiatives, trauma registry compliance, regulatory compliance and survey readiness.
In addition to her role as Memorial Hospital’s trauma program director, Benson will serve as a resource on trauma services for multiple trauma centers to ensure compliance with state and national regulatory requirements.
Benson comes to Memorial Hospital from Kendall Regional Medical Center where she developed strategies and tools to advance Kendall Regional Medical Center from a designated Level II trauma center to a designated Level I trauma center. In addition to leading the trauma program to achieve Level I verification by the American College of Surgeons, Benson led the burn program to a successful survey by the American Burn Association. Recently, Benson was awarded The Society of Trauma Nurses award for Excellence in Leadership at the Society of Trauma Nurses national conference.
On May 1, 2017 Memorial Hospital began operating as a level II trauma center, provisional status, after receiving approval from the Florida Department of Health. Since the program began, Memorial Hospital has treated more than 2,000 trauma patients.
To learn more about Memorial Hospital’s trauma program, visit our trauma page.