Trauma Services

Level I Trauma Center at University Hospitals in Cleveland, OH

In trauma care, especially complex trauma such as head trauma or brain trauma, time is precious. For patients with severe traumatic injuries, the odds of recovery and survival diminish with every minute that passes without proper care. Rapid access to specialized trauma care is often associated with improved patient outcomes.

Open since December 2015, the Level I Trauma Center at University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center, meets a significant community need by providing immediate access to the highest level of trauma treatment on Cleveland's east side.

Patients suffering from traumatic injury and often life-threatening conditions, such as blunt trauma or ballistic trauma and penetrating injuries, complex fractures and spinal cord injuries are rapidly evaluated by the trauma team including trauma surgeons and specialty trauma services.

What Does it Mean to be a Level I Trauma Hospital?

Our trauma center holds Level I verification status from the American College of Surgeons (ACS), which indicates we provide comprehensive trauma care services according to nationally recognized ACS standards for every aspect of injury care.

The Level I trauma center coordinates efforts with the UH Level III trauma centers, located at UH Geauga, St. John and Portage medical centers at Southwest General Health Center. Together, this regional access to trauma care services has resulted in improved outcomes for thousands of patients and represents a significant resource for the community. We are also taking a leading role in community outreach and education to curb violence and reduce return visits to the ER.

UH Rainbow Babies & Children's Hospital is the region's only Level I trauma center for children and adolescents. The UH Rainbow center has been a continuously verified Level I pediatric trauma center by the ACS for 25 years.

UH is a member of the Northern Ohio Trauma System, which coordinates trauma treatment for patients throughout Cuyahoga County and Northeast Ohio.