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Trauma Program Earns Level 1 Re-designation

In 2006, WakeMed first earned Level 1 Trauma Center designation, and remarkably was the first hospital in the state to move from a Level II to a Level I Trauma Center in 16 years. 

Yesterday, the North Carolina Office of Emergency Medical Services renewed the Level 1 Trauma Center designation, citing:

  • The excellent collaboration among area EMS providers, Trauma Service, Emergency Department and all the sub-specialty team members who care for trauma patients, including clinical team members, physicians, researchers and support staff
  • An outstanding disaster preparedness program
  • Noteworthy equipment, training techniques and facilities such as the Center for Innovative Learning
  • A strong commitment to injury prevention, education and outreach

“Delivering superior trauma care is not only our responsibility, but our privilege,” commented Dr. Bill Atkinson, president and CEO.  “This re-designation exemplifies WakeMed’s commitment to trauma care and validates our expertise, experience and teamwork as a leader in this field.  Congratulations to all of our clinical team members, physicians, researchers, support staff and area EMS agencies who continue to set the standard in caring for trauma patients.”

WakeMed Raleigh Campus features Wake County’s only trauma center.  WakeMed’s trauma patient volume has increased by 93 percent during the past 10 years.