The State of Ohio has given Fort Hamilton Hospital a designation as a Provisional Level III Trauma Center to provide the most rapid, coordinated medical services to seriously injured people.
To become a trauma center in Ohio, hospitals undertake a rigorous review by the American College of Surgeons. Currently, Ohio’s verified trauma centers are Level I, Level II or Level III centers.
As a Provisional Level III Trauma Center, Fort Hamilton’s physicians, nurses, technicians and staff will provide prompt assessment, resuscitation, emergency operations and stabilization and definitive care with admission to the hospital if needed. The hospital also can arrange for transfer to a Level II or Level I facility if required.
“We saw the need for the hospital to offer this additional lifesaving, highly specialized service to our patients,” says Dr. Ryan Grote, Fort Hamilton Hospital’s trauma medical director. “In 2019, Fort Hamilton treated more than 37,000 patients in the emergency department. Some of these patients required trauma care, where the number of minutes until the patient receives proper care could mean the difference between life and death.”