The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment has designated UCHealth Medical Center of the Rockies (MCR) as a Level I Trauma Center, making it the first and only hospital in Northern Colorado with the highest classification. higher for adult trauma care.
Level I recognizes that the hospital can treat serious and complex injuries, giving northern Colorado residents quick access to high-level emergency and trauma care without traveling to the Denver metro, according to reports. from a UCHealth press release.
The state finalized the designation on July 14 after a trauma designation inquiry that followed nearly two decades of building services to support an advanced trauma care program to serve the area.
“Not only is this a great achievement for our hospital, but it’s also great news for our patients and our community,” said Kevin Unger, President and CEO of MCR. “For years, we have been providing very high level trauma care. This designation officially recognizes us for this excellence and sets us on a path of continuous progress.
Hospital trauma designations are determined based on various criteria, including surgical resources and patient volumes. Key elements required to be a Level I trauma center include: 24-hour coverage by trauma surgeons and the rapid availability of specialists in orthopedics, neurosurgery and anesthesiology.
These facilities must also be leaders in injury prevention and education, conduct research, and meet volume requirements for the treatment of critically injured patients.
For many years, Colorado’s only Level I trauma centers were located in the Denver metro area, and northern Colorado patients with the most severe injuries had to travel to Denver for treatment.
“This highest level of trauma care means our most seriously injured patients stay closer to home and their families can more easily stay or visit,” said Dr. Warren Dorlac, medical director of the Medical Center. of the Rockies.
The next step for the trauma program is to pursue national certification with the American College of Surgeons.
With the latter designation, half of the state’s six Level I trauma centers are UCHealth facilities. UCHealth Memorial Hospital Central in Colorado Springs and UCHealth University of Colorado Hospital in Aurora are also Level I trauma centers.