Virginia Hospital Center Plans to Open Trauma Center
Virginia Hospital Center is moving to secure Level II trauma center designation. This would enable VHC to handle more serious cases with a dedicated team.
The different levels (ie. Level I, II, III, IV or V) refer to the kinds of resources available in a trauma center. Elements of Level II Trauma Centers include: 24-hour immediate coverage by general surgeons, as well as coverage by the specialties of orthopedic surgery, neurosurgery, anesthesiology, emergency medicine, radiology and critical care.
VHC plans to start treating trauma patients Jan. 6 and to be approved for Level II status later in the year.
Also nearby are Level I trauma centers at Reston Hospital Center and Inova Fairfax Medical Campus and George Washington University Hospital and MedStar Washington Hospital Center in DC.