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Trauma Services

Level I and Level III Trauma Centers at UH

University Hospitals offers advanced care for every type of trauma, including the most complex cases. With a network that includes a Level I and Level III trauma centers located throughout Northeast Ohio, we are able seamlessly coordinate care for severely injured patients when seconds count. This regional access to trauma services has resulted in improved outcomes for thousands of patients.

Level I Trauma Center

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UH Cleveland Medical Center Trauma Center holds Level I verification status from the American College of Surgeons (ACS), which indicates we provide comprehensive trauma care according to nationally recognized standards for every aspect of injury care. Level I is the highest level of trauma care recognized by the ACS.

What is a Level I Trauma Center?

A verified Level I trauma center provides 24-hour in-house coverage by general surgeons as well as around-the-clock access to specialists such as orthopedic surgeons, neurosurgeons, anesthesiologists, plastic surgeons and others.

A Level I trauma center also acts as a referral resource for the surrounding communities and has to meet volume requirements for the number of critically injured patients it treats.

The staff at our level I trauma center are leaders in the field of trauma care. Teaching and research efforts are a key component of the trauma program, and our team is continually striving toward innovation in trauma care.

Level III Trauma Center

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While smaller than a Level I trauma center, our Level III trauma centers have emergency physicians and general surgeons available around the clock to care for trauma patients. A level III trauma center has the ability to care for most injuries, but in the case of very severe trauma, a patient can be transported to our Level I trauma center for more advanced care.

Our Level III Trauma Centers:

Level I Pediatric Trauma Center

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UH Rainbow Babies & Children's Hospital is Cleveland'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.