The UVA Trauma Center represents the University of Virginia Medical Center's commitment to provide seriously injured patients the best opportunity for optimal recovery. The University of Virginia Medical Center is designated as a Level I trauma center, offering outstanding clinical capabilities, and engaged in public education, prevention and trauma research.
Trauma Centers are hospital facilities with a voluntary commitment to provide quality trauma care within their specified capabilities:
Level I - These facilities are regional centers which have the capability of providing leadership and total care for every aspect of injury, from prevention through rehabilitation. These centers offer comprehensive care, including advanced surgical care.
Level II- These facilities are expected to provide initial definitive trauma care regardless of severity of injury. Patients with more complex injuries may have to be transferred to a Level I center.
Level III- These facilities provide prompt assessment, resuscitation, emergency operations, and stabilization. They also arrange for possible transfer to a Level I or Level II facility that can provide definitive trauma care. Level III facilities serve areas that do not have immediate access to a Level I or Level II facility.
Trauma Center performance is regularly verified by an external team of professionals. Designation is a political process enacted by bodies of government duly authorized to designate. The American College of Surgeons (ACS) is a national organization that provides a verification/consultation process designed to assist hospitals in evaluation and improvement of trauma care and to provide information regarding institutional capability, performance, and system development.
The Critical Care Committee of the State Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Advisory Board assists in the verification and designation process in the Commonwealth of Virginia, per request of the State Health Commissioner.