St. Joseph Hospital has been a state-of-the-art trauma center for more than 30 years. What is a trauma center? A trauma center is a hospital equipped center with specially trained healthcare professionals who provide care to patients suffering from major traumatic injuries such as falls, motor vehicle collisions, or gunshot wounds. A trauma center has 24/7 access to resources such as an operating room, resuscitation area, laboratory, and diagnostic testing equipment.
The center provides total care, from injury prevention through rehabilitation. These centers also offer a teaching program for medical residents, as well as ongoing research. Level I is for the most serious injuries, where trauma often involves several body systems, requires a rapid response time, and care is coordinated among multiple specialty providers.
The center is similar to 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.
The center is smaller than Level I and Level II centers can provide prompt care and stabilization to injured patients and transfer out for more severe injuries. St. Joseph Hospital is a NH state certified Level III Trauma Center.
The center can provide trauma care and life support before patients are transferred to a larger, high-level trauma center. These are often located in rural areas.
Trauma Centers are equipped to handle extreme cases where there is an issue of immediate survival. Highly-specialized surgeons work with the most advanced equipment to increase the likelihood of survival in the patients who are sent there. Trauma is the leading cause of death in people under the age of 40. If an accident happens, it’s important to know whether you should be taken to the Emergency Room or to a Trauma Center. Making the right choice could save a life.
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. In addition to trauma providers, St. Joseph Hospital also offers specialists in Surgery, Orthopedics, and Neurosurgery.
At St. Joseph Hospital, we care for the whole person. That means our job doesn’t stop when the emergency does.
From the emergency department, patients may be admitted to the operating room, intensive care unit, senior behavioral health unit or the appropriate medical-surgical floor for continued care. If possible, they also may be sent home.
Those needing acute rehabilitative services will have access to specialists in physical, occupational and speech therapy, as well as the latest technologies in rehabilitative medicine. We also proudly offer rapid access to our extensive list of primary care providers.
Family and loved ones are treated with care and compassion in a waiting room while their loved one is being cared for. Spiritual care providers are available to connect with families to answer any questions they may have or assist in providing updates on a patient’s status.