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Atrium Health has the area’s only Level I trauma center – Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte. That means we provide the highest level of comprehensive care for critically injured patients, and are prepared to respond 24/7 to any type of traumatic injury.  This requires that we have in-house acute care surgeons, designated operating rooms, available CT scanners, trauma-accredited nursing staff, surgical critical care, 24/7 blood bank operation and immediately available subspecialists like neurosurgeons and orthopedic trauma surgeons. The center must also participate in trauma prevention programs, have a quality outcomes program, and provide a trauma education and research program. 

Our Level II and III trauma centers are also prepared to treat traumatic injuries 24/7, and may transfer the most severe cases to our Level I trauma center. Our MedCenter Air team transports patients who require immediate or critical medical care to Carolinas Medical Center quickly and safely by ground or air.

Atrium Health Carolinas Medical Center Level I Trauma

Trauma Care Locations

Atrium Health offers advanced trauma care in the Carolinas at various locations

Carolinas Medical Center F.H. "Sammy" Ross Jr. Trauma Center

The region's only Level I Trauma Center provides the following services, 24/7:

  • Trauma surgeons and emergency medicine physicians in-hospital day and night
  • Designated trauma resuscitation suites in the emergency department
  • Prompt access to surgical specialists including neurosurgeons, orthopedic surgeons and plastic surgeons
  • CT scanning, angiography and MRI capabilities
  • Trauma surgery suite equipped and staffed
  • Anesthesiologist in-hospital
  • Inpatient trauma intensive care unit designed exclusively for the severely injured
  • Pediatric intensive care unit  for the special needs of severely injured children
  • Trauma rehabilitation services providing early intervention to traumatic brain injury and spinal cord injury patients
  • MedCenter Air helicopter and fixed wing aeromedical program, or critical care ground vehicles
  • The areas only chest wall trauma program

Read the Carolinas Medical Center F.H. "Sammy" Ross Jr. Trauma Center Foundation Update 2020.

Levine Children’s Hospital Hemby Pediatric Trauma Institute

The only dedicated pediatric trauma center in the Charlotte region, and designated Level I trauma center. The services of the Hemby Pediatric Trauma Institute are available to healthcare providers and patients throughout the Carolinas 24 hours a day and include:

  • Emergency medicine
  • Pediatric critical care
  • Neurosurgery
  • Orthopedic surgery
  • Plastic surgery
  • Pediatric rehabilitation
  • Radiology
  • Anesthesiology
  • MedCenter Air helicopter and fixed wing aeromedical program, or critical care ground vehicles

Disaster Preparedness

The Carolina area’s only Level 1 Trauma Center at Carolinas Medical Center is equipped to handle both natural disasters as well as potential terrorist attacks, including the use of chemical, biological and nuclear agents. The center has several disaster preparedness features:

For Providers

Transferring Patients to Carolinas Medical Center

The team at Atrium Health’s TeleHealth Solutions provides referring facilities with a responsive, reliable process for the transfer of patients to Carolinas Medical Center's Charlotte-area facilities. TeleHealth's goal is to provide efficient coordination of patient referrals with MedCenter Air and Bed Management to serve complex patients. Follow-up documentation is provided to referring providers via electronic access to patient data.

These lines are for physicians only:

  • CMC Physician Connection Line (for adult patients):
  • Levine Children's Hospital Physician Line:

Trauma Research and Clinical Trials

Clinical trials can offer patients access to treatments not otherwise available, as well as a chance to participate in leading-edge medical research. Learn more about the latest trauma research and clinical trials.