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Verified Level III Emergency Trauma Center

The American College of Surgeons Committee on Trauma established a book of guidelines in late 1986 to guarantee that facilities caring for traumatically injured patients have the capabilities to ensure optimal care. Atrium Medical Center first established itself as a verified Level III trauma center in 2004. Currently in the state of Ohio there are 38 adult trauma centers, ranging from a level I to a level III. The difference between levels is based on the depth of resources to treat trauma patients with multi-system injuries, not on the quality of care.

Level III trauma centers serve areas that don’t have immediate access to a Level I or Level II center. Level III centers can provide rapid assessment, resuscitation, initiation of appropriate treatment and ongoing care. Often our most critically injured trauma patients are able to remain here form the onset of injury to inpatient care in our rehabilitation center. Stabilization of trauma patients and transfer to a Level I or II center is required at times. In these cases, the ETC staff is trained to act quickly and promptly to get the patient transferred so they can begin treatment with the appropriate resources. More complex needs, such as microvascular hand surgery, neurosurgery, or plastic surgery may be referred to a Level I trauma center. Key elements of these centers are 24-hour immediate coverage by emergency medicine physicians and the prompt availability of trauma surgeons, orthopedists, and anesthesiologists.

Atrium’s Trauma Center was originally verified as a Level III center by the American College of Surgeons (ACS) in 2004 and reverified in November 2009. The maturity of our program is evidenced by the American College of Surgeon’s recognizing Atrium as a “model program” for both the resources and care we provide as a Level III center.

Time is of the essence for patients with life-threatening injuries. Emergency Medical Services (EMS) crews in our area transport patients suffering from severe trauma to our hospital. The moment EMS responds to an emergency, communication begins with our ETC trauma team to ensure patients are evaluated and treated as quickly as possible.

Patients are taken directly to one of our two dedicated trauma bays for treatment. In addition to providing medical treatment, our trauma surgeons, Emergency Department physicians, nurses, chaplains, and other support staff help patients and their families cope with traumatic events associated with their injury or condition.

Meet our Trauma Program Team.