St. Francis Medical Center Applies for Level III Trauma Designation

Penrose-St. Francis Health Services is excited to announce it has submitted an application to the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment for St. Francis Medical Center to be designated a Level III trauma center.

St. Francis Medical Center has been operating as a Level IV trauma center since opening in 2008.

The commitment to move to a Level III trauma center will allow SFMC to provide additional resources and enhance services to our community and EMS partners, said Margaret Sabin, President and CEO of Penrose-St. Francis, and executive sponsor of the Centura Health Trauma System. With one of the busiest emergency departments in Centura Health, and the exponential population growth on the northeastern side of Colorado Springs, increasing the designation at SFMC will allow patients to stay within their neighborhood.

Traditionally, Level IV trauma centers are designed to care for mildly-injured patients and to appropriately stabilize and transfer the more seriously injured patients to a higher level trauma center where there are more resources to care for a patients injuries. Currently, SFMC operates as an expanded scope Level IV, caring for simple orthopedic injuries, minor closed-head injuries or soft tissue injuries because the resources are available to care for them at SFMC.

The next step in the process is a survey by the state scheduled for June 19, 2014, to ensure all of the appropriate requirements are in place. If all goes well, SFMC could become a Level III trauma center on July 1, 2014. In September 2013,

Penrose-St. Francis submitted a letter of intent to the state to pursue Level I trauma certification for Penrose Hospital and is aggressively working with the EMS community to provide medical direction and education, increasing its research initiatives, and evaluating opportunities for residency programs at Penrose Hospital.

Penrose-St. Francis is part of Centura Health, the first integrated health care network in the country to establish a comprehensive, fully-integrated trauma system in 2009 when it launched the Centura Health Trauma System. Comprised of 14 designated trauma centers, Flight For Life Colorado critical transport system and the states largest EMS support system, our patients have access to a dedicated network of hospitals and operating entities that provide the highest level of care at the most critical time of need.