After nearly a year working to achieve the designation, Inova Loudoun Hospital is now a Level III trauma center. Granted by the Virginia Department of Health, this designation means Inova Loudoun will be able to treat patients with serious and potentially life-threatening injuries. That includes injuries from high speed motor vehicle or motorcycle collisions, falls from heights, and we can serve as the stabilization point for any patient in extremis.
More importantly, this means Loudoun residents won’t have to be transported out to Inova Fairfax for trauma treatment in many of these types of situations.
According to the Virginia Department of Health, Level III trauma centers can promptly assess, resuscitate, stabilize and provide emergency surgery for patients of all ages. Unlike Level II centers, these types of hospitals might not necessarily provide definitive trauma care for the most serious trauma cases, and patients may still be transported to a Level II center in the region if they can’t be treated at a Level III center.
To attain the rating, Inova Loudoun has to fill a full-time staff of trauma and general surgeons, orthopedic surgeons, intensivists, anesthesiologists and radiologists.
In Virginia, the trauma center designation process is entirely voluntary on the part of the hospital. It helps identify hospitals that provide and promote higher levels of care for injured patients.
The designation comes as Inova Loudoun prepares to open its new expanded emergency room and trauma center later this year. Following a $5 million fundraising campaign, including a a $2 million gift from Loudoun philanthropists Sharon Virts and Scott Miller, the new facility will be named the Inova Virts Miller Family Emergency and Trauma Center at Inova Loudoun Hospital.
“As the only trauma center in Loudoun County, this reinforces our promise to provide advanced medical and surgical care to those in our community,” said Inova Loudoun Trauma Medical Director Jordan Estroff.