University Hospital moves to create level I trauma center

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CLEVELAND- University Hospitals announced plans on Friday to make UH Case Medical Center a level I trauma center.

The American College of Surgeons grants hospitals the trauma center designations.

“When it comes to trauma, time is a life-or-death matter,” said Michael Anderson, MD, Chief Medical Officer of UH Case Medical Center, in a news release on Friday. “We are making a major commitment to providing all trauma victims the highest level of care they need and deserve, and doing it quickly and efficiently.”

Currently, MetroHealth Medical Center is the area's only level I trauma center for adults, while Rainbow Babies and Children's Hospital is the only one for children.

“We are pleased that University Hospitals is planning to provide this vital community resource in such close proximity to our community,” Pat Sweeney, Shaker Heights Fire Chief, said in a news release.

“When trauma strikes, it is crucial that trauma victims get the care they need to survive as quickly as possible. The more rapidly patients can be transported to Level I trauma centers, the better the chance of survival. This will be an important resource for our residents who can rest assured that if they are seriously injured, the highest level of care is less than 10 minutes away.”