Level One Trauma Centers in Georgia
Treating catastrophic and other serious trauma related injuries from automobile, motorcycle or trucking accidents in the state of Georgia
When involved in a serious automobile accident in Georgia, close proximity to a Level One Trauma Center can be the difference between life & death. Georgia currently has five hospitals with the distinction.
What is a Level One Trauma Center?
A Level One Trauma Center refers to the capabilities of a hospital to serve the critical needs of patients severely injured through a trauma related incident, whether from an automobile, motorcycle or trucking accident (or another cause of trauma related injury). As the highest trauma center rating in the state, hospitals strive to maintain the distinction.
To be designated as a Level One Trauma Center by the Georgia Department of Community Health, a hospital must be able to prove that it staffs its emergency department and trauma operating room at all times with a full team of doctors including surgical staff in different disciplines such as neurological or orthopedic specialty areas. It must show it has the best equipment and resources available to treat patients with catastrophic injuries (whether from an automobile, motorcycle or trucking accident or other traumatic injury). And, it must be able to show that it treats a high volume of trauma related patients throughout the year. Individuals critically injured in an automobile accident will increase their chance of survival by up to 25% by receiving treatment in a Level One Trauma Center, according to the Atlanta Medical Center.
The Georgia Trauma Commission (www.georgiatraumacommission.org) was established to promote the long term development of the trauma care network in the State of Georgia and identify limitations and develop a long term vision for an enhanced network capable of best serving patients in critical need of trauma related care in Georgia. The Commission recently developed a strategic plan to help it realize its vision to expand the system, help reduce traumatic injury, coordinate with disaster/homeland security preparedness, enhance support for rural Georgia and more.
The five Level One Trauma Centers in the State of Georgia serving severely injured automobile, motorcycle and trucking accident victims are:
GRADY MEMORIAL HOSPITAL
80 Jesse Hill Jr. Drive SE
Atlanta, GA 30303
Telephone: (404) 616-1000
Grady was well known in the Metro Atlanta area as being the only Level 1 Trauma Center in the area for a long time (until Atlanta Medical Center was recognized as a Level One Trauma Center in 2011). The hospital’s emergency department treats upwards of 300 patients per day (that’s 100,000 per year). Of those, upwards of 3,000 are trauma patients each year.
In partnership with Emory University and Morehouse School of Medicine, Grady is able to operate a trauma operating room that never closes, staffed with a surgical team from many medical disciplines.
WELLSTAR ATLANTA MEDICAL CENTER
303 Parkway Drive NE
Atlanta, GA 30312
Telephone: (404) 265-4000
The third busiest trauma center in the State of Georgia, Atlanta Medical Center was awarded the distinction as a Level One Trauma Center in 2011.
MEDICAL CENTER – NAVICENT HEALTH
777 Hemlock Street
Macon, GA 31201
Telephone: (478) 633-1000
Located in Macon, Medical Center – Navicent Health is the second largest hospital in Georgia and provides the only Level One Trauma Center in its region of the state. The Emergency & Urgent Care Services unit at Medical Center – Navicent Health serves approximately 65,000 patients per year. The hospital’s EMS department generally serves patients from Baldwin, Bibb, Jones and Twiggs counties.
AUGUSTA UNIVERSITY MEDICAL CENTER
1120 15th St
Augusta, GA 30912
Telephone: (706) 721-2273
Serving over 13 counties, the hospital at the Georgia Health Sciences University (formerly referred to as the Medical College of Georgia) in August, Georgia serves thousands of patients each year as the only Level One Trauma Center in its region.
MEMORIAL HEALTH UNIVERSITY MEDICAL CENTER
4700 Waters Avenue
Savannah, GA 31404
Telephone: (912) 350-8000
As the only Level One Trauma Center in the southeastern corner of the state, Memorial Health University Medical Center’s emergency services unit serves approximately 80,000 patients per year. The hospital serves 28 counties in Georgia and South Carolina.
Additional resources provided by the author
Georgia Trauma Commission – Strategic Plan
List of Trauma Centers in Georgia
Grady Memorial Hospital
Atlanta Medical Center
Medical Center of Central Georgia
Georgia Health Sciences Medical Center
Memorial Health University Medical Center