Carolinas HealthCare System
Trauma and Surgical Critical Care

Trauma Care Overview

Our History

CMC Level 1 Trauma Center Disaster PreparednessIn 1986, Charlotte Memorial Hospital was designated as a Level II trauma center by the North Carolina Office of Emergency Medical Services, beginning our history of providing comprehensive care for the critically injured patient. MedCenter Air was established the same year, rapidly expanding access of our facility to the region. In 1992, Charlotte Memorial Hospital was renamed Carolinas Medical Center.

Carolinas Medical Center was accredited as a Level I trauma center in 1990 by the American College of Surgeons, establishing it as the premier provider for trauma care in the region.  CMC has since remained the leader in trauma care for this region of North Carolina.

In 2001, our trauma center was renamed in honor of the late F.H. "Sammy" Ross Jr. Mr. Ross initially served Carolinas HealthCare System (CHS) in the early 1960s as a Board Member of Carolinas Rehabilitation. He joined the Board of CHS in 1964 and served for 22 years, retiring in 1986.  Mr. Ross made a generous gift to Carolinas HealthCare foundation, which continues to fund the annual award for Clinical Excellence in Trauma Care.

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