Trauma treatment centers in Virginia

HCA Virginia’s hospitals across Virginia employ experts in saving lives in the most extreme traumatic instances. Our four state-designated trauma centers offer specially trained physicians, surgeons and medical professionals who are prepared to provide you with critical medical care 24/7. These teams go well above the minimum requirements for trauma centers, ensuring you receive the best possible care during life's worst moments.

For more information about our trauma care services, call our free, 24/7 Consult-A-Nurse® line.

State-recognized trauma centers

Our trauma centers are state-recognized, which means we voluntarily provide a higher level of care for the most critically injured patients. Our trauma centers include:

Services offered at our trauma centers

Our Level I, II and III Trauma Centers include:

  • Comprehensive teams of trauma-trained and board-certified surgeons across varying specialties
  • Prompt assessment, resuscitation, surgery, intensive care and stabilization for critically injured patients
  • Comprehensive programs to regularly review our care standards based on national standards published by the American College of Surgeons and the American College of Emergency Physicians
  • Programs to evaluate quality and provide ongoing staff education to ensure we continue to provide high-quality care to the community
  • Community outreach programs to help prevent injuries

Critical care before you arrive

Our trauma care begins with emergency medical services (EMS) responders. We work closely with them to provide critical care before you even arrive at our hospitals. These specialists have knowledge and experience in trauma care that allows them to make split-second, life-saving decisions. Your EMS providers rapidly evaluate you and communicate relevant information to us so we can fully anticipate and prepare for your arrival.

Air transportation for trauma patients

If the hospital you arrive at cannot offer the level of care you need, we can offer helicopter transport to take you to another medical center or trauma center. Helipads at Johnston-Willis Hospital and Chippenham Hospital make this type of transfer quick and safe for our most critical patients.

Quick, life-saving resources

Our dedication to providing care during the critical "golden hour" of trauma. This is the term for the first hour after a traumatic event. If you are treated during this time, within an hour of your incident, your chances of survival increase. That is why our trauma center teams work side-by-side with our other teams, such as emergency services and intensive care.

What a trauma center does

"Trauma Center" is a designation given to hospitals that offer specialized teams and equipment for the treatment of victims of physical trauma.

Physical trauma is defined as a blunt, penetrating or burn injury that requires immediate medical attention in order for the person who has sustained the injury to survive. These types of injuries are usually the result of falls, automobile accidents, gunshots, stabbings or burns.

Levels of trauma centers

In Virginia, the trauma center verification process is voluntary and intended to identify the hospital's capabilities as follows:

  • Level I: facilities capable of providing total care for every aspect of injury, from prevention to rehabilitation
  • Level II: facilities able to initiate definitive care for all injured patients
  • Level III: facilities able to provide prompt assessment, resuscitation, surgery, intensive care, emergency operations and stabilization of injured patients

How a trauma center differs from an emergency room (ER)

Our emergency rooms are equipped to handle any medical emergency. However, when an injury is extreme, such as from a serious accident or life-threatening wounds, it can be best treated by a specific type of medical attention: trauma care. This care is offered at trauma centers, which employ trauma specialists and advanced equipment to ensure this happens with a rapid and systematic protocol. They are able to provide you with the critical attention you need as quickly as possible.