The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment recently notified Lutheran Medical Center that it has been approved to operate as a Level II Trauma Center. The State Emergency Medical And Trauma Services Advisory Council made the decision following a survey by state health officials.
In recent years, Lutheran has worked to enhance its trauma program to continue providing high-quality emergency care and to support the growing needs of the community. Previously, Lutheran served the Wheat Ridge and West Denver communities as a Level III Trauma Center and was one of the busiest Emergency Departments in the Denver metro region.
“We are proud to offer comprehensive trauma care with 24/7 availability of specialists and the technology to treat patients who have experienced trauma,” said Grant Wicklund, President and CEO at Lutheran. “Lutheran has served this community for more than 100 years and we are committed to providing the full breadth of healthcare close to home.”
As a designated Level II Trauma Center, trauma staff can quickly and effectively treat patients involved in incidents such as auto accidents, multi-system injuries and injuries to the head, neck and torso.
Level II designation also will further support Lutheran’s existing services, such as neurosciences, which has seen an increase in patients after receiving accreditation as a DNV-GL Comprehensive Stroke Center in 2019, and cardiovascular, as an accredited chest pain center for heart attacks since 2014.
“Lutheran has developed a strong trauma program, along with an extensive network of specialty physicians, in order to provide high-quality, evidence-based trauma care to our patients,” said Dr. Christopher Zaw-Mon, director of Trauma Services at Lutheran. “Moving from Level III to Level II is the biggest advance in trauma care and services a hospital can make.”
Zaw-Mon further explains that the difference between Level II and Level I trauma designation is the absence of a clinical research program. The breadth of trauma services Lutheran offers and the acuity of patients the hospital can manage is the same as a Level I center.
In the near future, Lutheran will also seek verification of its Level II Trauma status from the American College of Surgeons.