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 for adult trauma care.
Level I recognizes the hospital’s ability to treat serious and complex injuries and provides residents of northern Colorado with quick access to the highest level of emergency and trauma care without having to travel to Metro Denver, according to information from a UCHealth press release.
The state completed the eviction on July 14 following a trauma eviction investigation that followed nearly two decades of construction to support an advanced trauma care program for the region.
“This is not only a great achievement for our hospital, but also great news for our patients and our community,” said Kevin Unger, President and CEO of MCR. “We have been providing trauma care at a very high level for years. This award officially recognizes us for this outstanding performance and puts us on the path of continuous progress.”
Hospital trauma labels are determined by a variety of criteria, including surgical resources and patient volume. Key elements required to be a Level I trauma center include: 24/7 care by trauma surgeons and immediate availability of orthopedic, neurosurgical and anesthesiology specialists.
Such facilities must also be at the forefront of trauma prevention and awareness, conduct research, and meet the volume requirements for treating critically injured patients.
For many years, Colorado’s only Tier I trauma centers were located in the Denver metropolitan area, and patients from northern Colorado with the most severe injuries had to fly to Denver for treatment.
“This highest level of trauma care means that our most critically injured patients can stay closer to home and their families can more easily stay or visit them,” 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 this latest 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.
https://www.greeleytribune.com/2022/07/18/uchealth-medical-center-of-the-rockies-earns-status-as-level-i-trauma-center/ UCHealth Medical Center of the Rockies, designated as a Level I Trauma Center