Trauma Center

Why St. Joseph Hospital

St. Joseph Hospital Emergency Services in Nashua, New Hampshire, has been a state-of-the-art trauma center for more than 30 years. A trauma center is a hospital that is equipped and staffed to provide specialty care to patients suffering from major traumatic injuries such as falls, motor vehicle collisions, or gunshot wounds.

Official designation in New Hampshire is determined by individual state law provisions. Trauma centers are equipped to treat the most high risk of injuries.

St. Joseph Hospital Trauma Center

In addition to providing emergency care, St. Joseph Hospital in Nashua, New Hampshire, functions as a trauma center, and we’re staffed by specially trained health professionals who treat life-threatening injuries. We staff the center 24/7 and have access to resources such as an operating room, resuscitation area, laboratory services, and diagnostic testing equipment. We are always prepared to treat patients. Continue reading below to see a brief comparison of trauma centers.

Level I

The center provides total care, from prevention through rehabilitation. This level of trauma center also offers a teaching program for medical residents, as well as ongoing research. Level I is for most serious injuries, where trauma is often large and requires a rapid response time.

Level II

The center is similar to a Level I trauma center, but doesn’t necessarily offer teaching or research. Both Levels I and II can treat severe trauma in either children or adults.

Level III

The center is smaller than Level I and Level II, but can provide prompt care and stabilization, and later transfer injured patients. St. Joseph Hospital in Nashua, New Hampshire, is a State Certified Level III Trauma Center.

Level IV

The center can provide trauma care and life support before patients are transferred to a larger, higher-level trauma center. These are often located in rural areas.

Additional Information

Trauma centers are equipped to handle extreme cases, where there is an issue of immediate survival. At St. Joseph Hospital Emergency Services in Nashua, New Hampshire, our highly specialized surgeons work with the most advanced equipment to increase the likelihood of survival in the patients that are sent here.

Trauma is the leading cause of death in people under the age of 40, so it’s important to know whether you should be taken to an emergency room or to a trauma center in the case of an accident.

Make no mistake – being verified as a trauma center is a big deal and leverages a vast amount of resources towards saving injured patients, helping them recover, and performing related research.

Meet Our Team

Meet the team of highly-trained specialized providers who are equipped to handle the most complex to challenging cases.

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