Lutheran Medical Center is a designated Level II Trauma Center, with comprehensive heart, stroke and trauma services. When trauma strikes, you need immediate, advanced care from emergency experts. Our trauma team, including specialized doctors, surgeons and nurses, are ready to respond 24/7 with lifesaving care and treatment.
Immediate response to critical injuries
Traumatic injuries can threaten your health, your life and your long-term chances of recovery. It’s essential to have around-the-clock access to trauma experts with the skill and technology to treat critical injuries stemming from accidents or assault.
Our Trauma Center is here to meet your needs when the unexpected happens. In a coordinated effort between law enforcement, emergency response, medical transport and ER trauma professionals, we mobilize experienced teams to manage your emergency.
Why Trauma Centers are important
Trauma Centers give you access to:
- Advanced tools for evaluating and treating traumatic injuries
- Doctors, nurses and other staff with special training in emergency medicine and complex trauma
- Surgeons available when you arrive
- Specialists available from a broad range of areas, such as orthopedics, neurosurgery, anesthesiology and critical care
- EMS coordinators, social workers, case managers and others focused on your arrival, care and well-being
- A continuum of services, including rehabilitation and wound healing, to support your recovery
Trauma prevention and preparation
As a Trauma Center, we’re actively committed to preventing trauma and preparing our community to respond seamlessly when critical injuries occur. This effort includes outreach strategies for injury prevention, continuing education for trauma team members and continuous improvement to our trauma services. Learn more about our injury prevention program or register for a class on fall prevention, car seat safety or emergency trauma education.
Trauma center levels
A facility earns the title of “designated trauma center” when it meets requirements established by state or local government authorities. The American College of Surgeons verifies the designation of Trauma Centers as Level, I, II, III, IV or V. Levels depend on the types of resources available and the number of trauma cases handled each year.
As a designated Level II Trauma Center, Lutheran's trauma staff can quickly and effectively treat patients involved in incidents such as auto accidences, multi-system injuries and injuries to the head, neck and torso. Luthern also offers a Comprehensive Stroke Center, and Accredited Chest Pain Center for heart attacks.
The American Trauma Society provides a guide to the levels of Trauma Centers. In brief, services by level signify:
- Level l – The highest level of definitive and comprehensive care for patients with complex injuries
- Level ll - Definitive care for complex and severe trauma patients
- Level lll - Initial evaluation and stabilization (surgically if appropriate) to the trauma patient
- Levels IV and V - Initial evaluation, stabilization, diagnostic capabilities and transfer to a higher level of care