Trauma Center

About Us

The Trauma Center at The University Hospital is a Level One Trauma Center, verified by the American College of Surgeons. Level One is the highest designation a hospital can receive. The University Hospital and Children’s Hospital Medical Center are the only verified Level One Trauma Centers in the County.

Trauma is defined as a severe injury that creates a risk of death or significant disability. Common causes of trauma include falls, burns, knife or gunshot wounds, domestic violence, poisons or toxic chemicals and auto, farm or workplace accidents. Trauma is the leading cause of death of persons ages 1 through 44.

Our Team

The University Hospital’s Trauma Center consists of a team of medical professionals specially trained in treating trauma and critical care injuries. The team includes physicians, residents, nurses, social workers and case managers. Trauma surgeons and other members of the trauma team are in the hospital 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Specialty Units

The University Hospital has many specialty units that are dedicated to caring for people with trauma injuries. The Surgical Intensive Care Unit specializes in the care of injured patients. Other trauma specialty units include the Burn Special Care Unit and the Neuroscience Intensive Care Unit. For less severe injuries or after a stay in the Intensive Care Unit, patients are admitted to the Trauma Surgery Unit.


Patient’s Services