Community Hospital earns trauma center designation

Chris Thomas
Chris Thomas

Community Hospital in Grand Junction has earned designation as a Level III trauma center.

“Becoming a Level III trauma center continues our mission to grow and expand the clinical capabilities of Community Hospital and increase the health care options for the Grand Valley and throughout the region,” said Chris Thomas, president and chief executive officer of the hospital.

The trauma division of the Colorado Department of Public Health awarded the designation following a review. Community Hospital received a provisional Level III trauma center designation in 2017. The latest designation remains in place through 2021.

Ranging from Level V up to Level I, the designation reflects the capability of a trauma center to provide assessment, resuscitation and intensive care, including stabilization and surgery. The American College of Surgeons conducts trauma center evaluations and verifies the availability of required resources.

A Level III trauma center provides around-the-clock coverage by emergency medicine physicians as well as the prompt availability of surgeons and anesthesiologists. A Level III center also provides back-up care for rural and community hospitals and has developed agreements to transfer patients requiring more comprehensive care. In addition, a Level III center incorporates a quality assessment program and offers continuing education to health care providers involved in emergency care.