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Trauma Center

At VCU Medical Center’s trauma center, our goal is simple: to deliver the best care possible to our patients, no matter how challenging the circumstances, and to provide training and education to help prevent injuries and violence before they occur. VCU Medical Center is the only comprehensive Level 1 trauma center in Virginia that is verified in adult, pediatric and burn trauma care. Our state-of-the-art facilities and our experienced, compassionate staff mean we are well-equipped to handle even the most complex traumatic injuries, and we staff board certified trauma and critical care surgeons around the clock.

In addition to our trauma care, our commitment to the community has never been stronger. Through our innovative research, trauma systems development and education programs, we aim to integrate both social and clinical aspects in all levels of our work. Our goal is to create models, both of care and of prevention, for our community that can be replicated in the commonwealth and beyond.

The extensive efforts of our International Trauma System Development Program, for instance, resulted in VCU being named as the permanent headquarters for the Panamerican Trauma Society, the leading academic organization for 18 national trauma societies in North, Central and South America.

We’ve also joined the national Trauma Survivors Network, and are in the process of creating our own local TSN. Our hope is that this network will provide a community of patients and families, allowing them to connect with one another, share their stories and help each other rebuild their lives after a serious injury.

For a closer look at who we are, the patients we’ve helped and the services we provide, please read our annual report.

Our Collaborators

Multiple disciplines at VCU Medical Center work together to provide critical care to trauma patients, providing direct access to subspecialty experts. For example, The Evans-Haynes Burn Center — a section of the VCU Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery — serves as a regional resource for the care of thermal injury and complex wounds of both adults and children. The center meets the strict qualifications of the American Burn Association and the American College of Surgeons and is currently the only ABA-verified burn center for both adult and pediatric burn care in Virginia.

The Pediatric Trauma Center at the Children's Hospital of Richmond at VCU, meanwhile, provides optimal resources and outcomes for all traumatically injured children in Central Virginia and beyond, serving as a leader in injury prevention, research, education and advocacy. The center received national verification through the American College of Surgeons as Virginia's first Level 1 pediatric trauma center.

The Department of Emergency Medicine features a six-bay major trauma suite, with one dedicated pediatric bay, and separate rooms equipped for the resuscitation of cardiac arrest patients arriving from the field. VCU emergency medicine faculty members also serve as operational medical directors for all major EMS agencies in the greater Richmond area; the Richmond Ambulance Authority is one of only 10 systems in the U.S. that has received accreditation from both the National Commission on Accreditation of Ambulance Services and the National Academy of Emergency Dispatch (the “gold standard” for ambulance services).

VCU Medical Center’s Department of Neurosurgery possesses a long-standing history of excellence in traumatic brain injury research. Current TBI research includes National Institutes of Health and U.S. Department of Defense bench protocols and several clinical research trials. Likewise, the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery provides acute care to the critically injured, offering immediate fracture care to trauma center patients.

The Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation makes significant contributions in support of the research, outreach and service missions of trauma care at VCU Medical Center. Most notably on the research side was the announcement by the White House of a $62.2 million grant to study concussions, led by David X. Cifu, M.D., chair of the department. The study is the largest grant ever received by VCU and will involve multiple universities, military installations and veterans hospitals.

For diagnostic and interventional trauma radiology needs, the Department of Radiology provides expertise in abdominal and breast imaging as well as in the areas of cardiothoracic, interventional, pediatric, musculoskeletal, neuroradiology and nuclear medicine. The department also maintains two spiral CT scanners as well as digital radiography and sonography units in the emergency medicine environment.