The Elvis Presley Memorial Trauma Center, housed at Regional Medical Center at Memphis, has earned designation as a Level I Adult Trauma Center and Primary Pediatric Trauma Center in the Mississippi Trauma Care System. Level I is the highest level of trauma designation. Already established as a Level I center, this re-designation follows a survey performed by a physician and nurse team from the Mississippi State Department of Health to ensure compliance with trauma standards of care. Regional Medical Center at Memphis is home to the only Level I Trauma Center within a 150-mile radius of Memphis and is also designated as a Level I Trauma Center in Tennessee and Arkansas.
“The staff and physicians in our trauma center are dedicated to providing the highest level of trauma care available to all individuals in Mississippi and throughout this region,” said Martin Croce, M.D., Medical Director of the Elvis Presley Memorial Trauma Center. “Our commitment is to be here for you 24/7, and we’re pleased that the State of Mississippi has recognized our center with this designation.”
A Level I Trauma Center provides the highest level of care to trauma patients as a multidisciplinary team of trauma specialists including surgeons, anesthesiologists, nurses and other medical professionals are located at the hospital 24 hours a day awaiting the arrival of a trauma patient in need of care. This immediate access to a critical care team could be the difference between life and death during the first 60 minutes following a traumatic incident. These first 60 minutes, known as “the Golden Hour,” are especially critical. Being treated at a Level I Trauma Center greatly increases a seriously injured patient’s chance of survival. Additionally, a Level I center is required to have a research component, provide education and injury prevention in the community, and act as a referral resource in the region.
Founded in 1983, the Elvis Presley Memorial Trauma Center is one of the busiest Level I centers in the nation, with approximately 4,500 admissions annually. In addition to patient assessment and testing areas, the Trauma Center includes four dedicated operating rooms, a 23-bed intensive care unit, and step-down and post-trauma inpatient care units.