Trauma Center at Rhode Island Hospital

Trauma Team

The Level 1 Trauma Center at Rhode Island Hospital consists of a broad team of medical professionals and care providers specially trained in treating critically ill trauma and burn victims.

Trauma surgeons and other team members are in the hospital 24 hours a day, seven days a week, ready to treat a variety of traumatic injuries. Physicians in specialties ranging from neurosurgery and orthopedics to plastic surgeons and obstetricians and gynecologists are on standby as well. These medical providers are backed up by an institution wide commitment to care of the injured patient. Rhode Island Hospital is the only American College of Surgeons certified Trauma Center in our region, and is the only hospital with the entire spectrum of resources required to take care of all the needs of the complex trauma patient.

Our trauma surgical team oversees the efforts to determine the patient's life-threatening injuries and coordinates the complete care of the injured patient including any surgical interventions that are required. The trauma team works in a multi-disciplinary fashion to provide state-of-the-art care throughout the hospital admission, and rehabilitation period as well.

What Kind of Surgeons Does a Level I Trauma Center Have?

Rhode Island Hospital's chief of trauma and surgical critical care, Charles Adams Jr., MD, talks about what it means to be a Level I trauma center.