Carolinas HealthCare System 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.
Carolinas HealthCare System offers advanced trauma care in the Carolinas at various locations:
Carolinas HealthCare System's virtual critical care technology provides real-time, 24-hour oversight for critically ill patients. The surveillance technology and two-way audio/video monitoring connect hospital staff to a remote command center staffed by critical care experts.
Virtual Critical Care Benefits:
Virtual Critical Care Locations:
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:
As one of only five academic teaching hospitals in North Carolina, Carolinas Medical Center is able to offer its students training in a broad number of medical specialties at one of the region's busiest urban hospitals, including trauma and surgical care.
Transferring Patients to Carolinas Medical Center
The team at Carolinas HealthCare System’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:
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.