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Department of Surgery News Archive

October 2018

University of Colorado Hospital recognized as Level I Trauma Center

Dr. Robert McIntyre, Jr., Director of Trauma Acute Care Surgery and Critical Care, speaks at an event celebrating the hospital's new designation as a Level I trauma center.

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) and the American College of Surgeons have designated University of Colorado Hospital a Level I trauma center, making it one of only five hospitals in the state with the highest capabilities for trauma care.

Hospital trauma designations are determined according to established state and national criteria. Level I is the highest designation, recognizing a hospital's ability to treat the most severe and complex injuries.

Dr. Anne Wagner (at podium) introduces Dave Repsher

Dr. Anne Wagner, Medical Director of the University of Colorado Burn Center, introduces former patient Dave Repsher at an event recognizing UCH's new status as a Level I trauma center. Repsher, a Flight For Life nurse, survived a helicopter crash that left him burned over more than 90% of his body. You can read more of Dave Repsher's story in the Dept. of Surgery news archive.

Key elements required to be a Level I trauma center include around-the-clock coverage by trauma surgeons and prompt availability of specialists in orthopedics, neurosurgery, and anesthesiology, among other areas. Level I facilities must also conduct research, assist the community with trauma prevention and education, and meet volume requirements for treating severely injured patients.

The hospital received the official designation on Oct. 12, 2018. Among the five hospitals in the state that are Level I trauma centers, University of Colorado Hospital is the only one to have a burn center that is verified by the American Burn Association.

Dr. Robert McIntyre, Jr., head of Trauma and Acute Care Services, and Dr. Anne Wagner, Medical Director of the University of Colorado Burn Center, were on hand for an event recognizing the hospital's new status. Also attending the event were several former patients whose lives were saved by the UCHealth trauma team. You can watch the news videos below for their stories.

Devyn Brinkerhoff

Devyn Brinkerhoff survived a devastating car crash in Wyoming. For more of her story, see the Fox-31 television coverage of UCH's designation as a Level I trauma center.

Alina Miller

Alina Miller had to jump from her fourth-floor apartment to escape a fire. For more of her story, see the CBS-4 television coverage.

Archie Chant

Archie Chant was hit head-on by a truck, broke 17 bones, and nearly died before multiple surgeries saved his life. For more of his story, see the 9 News Denver television coverage.