Carolinas HealthCare System
David Jacobs, MD

David Jacobs, MD
Associate Medical Director at the F.H “Sammy” Ross Trauma Institute

Trauma Designations Earned by Carolinas Medical Center and Levine Children’s Hospital

The F.H. “Sammy” Ross Trauma Center at Carolinas HealthCare System’s Carolinas Medical Center has earned its three-year reverification as a Level I Trauma Center by the American College of Surgeons (ACS) and the North Carolina Office of EMS.  Carolinas Medical Center is currently the region’s only Level I trauma center, which is the highest designation given out by the ACS. 

“Our ability to care for the most severely injured patients 24 hours a day, seven days a week, is what sets us apart from other trauma centers in the region,” said David Jacobs, MD, associate medical director at the F.H “Sammy” Ross Trauma Institute. “This recognition speaks highly of our multi-disciplinary team of physicians, nurses, therapists and technicians, who work collaboratively to provide the most advanced treatment for patients. We are extremely proud of our ability to care for injured patients throughout the continuum of their illness – from their pre-hospital care to their rehabilitative care.”

Additionally, the Hemby Pediatric Institute at Levine Children’s Hospital recently earned Level II Pediatric Trauma verification – a first for pediatric trauma in the region.

A trauma center that earns a Level I and II designation must not only be fully prepared to care for the most serious of injuries, but must also be actively engaged in cutting edge trauma research and promote injury prevention through its outreach programs. Further, Carolinas Medical Center and Levine Children’s Hospital have:

  • Board-certified trauma surgeons who are immediately available on-site 24 hours a day, seven days a week,
  • Designated trauma operating rooms and CT scanners,
  • Trauma-accredited nursing staff,
  • Trauma intensive care unit,
  • Surgical critical care,
  • 24/7 blood bank operation
  • Subspecialists, such as neurosurgeons, orthopedic trauma surgeons, and ICU physicians who are always accessible.

To maintain this designation, Carolinas Medical Center and Levine Children’s Hospital maintain a rigorous performance improvement program and provide multiple trauma education opportunities for trauma care providers of all levels throughout the region.

Additionally, Carolinas HealthCare System’s MedCenter Air provides ground, helicopter and fixed-wing transport to ensure patients in critical condition are able to be safely and efficiently transferred to the hospital for care.