Richmond, Va. (Jul. 12, 2016 ) – HCA Virginia’s Henrico Doctors’ Hospital has achieved designation as a Level II trauma center by the Virginia Department of Health’s State Health Commissioner.

This designation makes Henrico Doctors’ Hospital the second Level II trauma center serving Central Virginia, following HCA Virginia’s Chippenham Hospital which earned a Level II trauma designation in January 2015.

Henrico Doctors’ Level II designation will provide additional access to lifesaving trauma care and allows emergency responders a new location to transfer patients to a trauma center within the critical “golden hour” during which treatment is most effective.

“This designation is one example of the focused work we are doing to continually enhance the level of care we can provide to the community. Every resident in Central Virginia needs and deserves local access to quality trauma care, particularly when minutes may make the difference between life and death,” said Dr. Ralph Layman, medical director of Henrico Doctors’ Trauma Services. “Enhancing our services allows us to deliver a higher level of care to injured patients while enabling them to receive that care close to their homes and families.”

According to Paul Sharpe, director of Trauma Services, as a Level II trauma center, the facility will be able to initiate definitive trauma care for all patients by providing 24/7 on-site trauma surgeons.

“It’s so exciting to be part of such a talented and dedicated team of people who are ready to care for all aspects of care for the injured person and their family,” said Sharpe. “As the population of Virginia grows exponentially, and in uncertain times, it is vital that more hospitals are prepared for individual and large-scale disasters.

In addition to having trauma surgeons on-site, around the clock, trauma experts specializing in orthopedics, neurosurgery, anesthesiology, plastic and facial trauma, thoracic, gynecological/obstetrical, cardiac, and other surgical specialties are on call and immediately available 24/7.”

“Trauma designation is a natural fit for Henrico Doctors’ Hospital. As a tertiary provider in the region, we can now leverage the expertise of our ORs, ICUs, ED, and surgeons to care for the acutely injured trauma patient. With the rapid growth in the West End of Richmond, we are making sure that our facility can provide the much needed care and service in a more accessible location for our EMS partners and our patients,” said Will Wagnon, CEO of Henrico Doctors’ Hospitals. “Minutes Matter, and our ability to provide this level of care would not be possible without the partnership between our talented physicians and hospital staff. Our providers and system of care have continued to produce great quality outcomes for our patients and we can now care for all patient acuity levels onsite, without transfer.”

One of only 16 trauma centers in the state, Henrico Doctors’ plays a critical role in emergency care, treating over 32,000 ED patients in 2015 at the Forest Campus, and over 98,000 patients within the Henrico Doctors’ Hospitals system. Henrico Doctors’ Hospital also has advanced primary stroke and chest pain accreditations and is recognized as a top performer in heart attack, heart failure, and surgical care. As one central Virginia’s busiest adult and pediatric ERs, staffed 24/7 by pediatric-trained emergency nurse and physician specialists, Henrico Doctors’ Hospital is prepared to serve as an access point for immediate care with timely and improved access to life-saving measures for patients in need of trauma care.