PVMC’s Level III Trauma Center is located on the north side of the Hospital’s facility and offers a 24-hour helipad for emergent evacuation and inter-facility transport of patients.
There are a total of 16 private rooms for the safety and privacy of our patients, a dedicated trauma bay, and orthopedic procedure room and four negative air-flow rooms for necessary respiratory and airborne isolation. All rooms are equipped with the latest technology to assist our specially trained doctors, nurses, and technicians to provide the highest quality of care and patients have access to round-the-clock medical imaging technology, laboratory procedures and blood bank products.
What Patients Need to Know
The Emergency Department functions differently than a doctor’s office or clinic. We briefly evaluate all patients who come to the ED (“triage”) and then prioritize the severity of their injury or illness so that patients with the most life-threatening conditions can be treated first.
We take every initiative to diminish wait times while still maintaining the highest quality of care that we are known for. Patients are evaluated and treated in the ED regardless of their health insurance status. Identification will be requested, along with pertinent insurance information after the nurse completes your initial triage exam.
PVMC is a Level III Trauma Center
This trauma status is a prestigious designation by the State of Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. It means that we comply with a stringent set of rules and regulations to guarantee the highest caliber of trauma care for patients with major injuries. Physicians and nurses are highly skilled in the care of trauma patients and have immediate access to appropriate diagnostic equipment and treatment modalities. Patients with very severe injuries may be transferred via skilled trauma-care providers to other major medical centers where more specific specialty therapies and procedures can be performed.
Elements of Level III Trauma Centers:
- 24-hour immediate coverage by emergency medicine physicians and the prompt availability of general surgeons and anesthesiologists.
- The incorporation of a comprehensive quality assessment program.
- Developed transfer agreements for patients requiring more comprehensive care at a Level I or Level II Trauma Center.
- Provides back-up care for rural and community hospitals.
- Offers continued education of the nursing and allied health personnel or the trauma team.
- Involved with prevention efforts and must have an active outreach program for its referring communities.
What Makes Us Unique?
Our Emergency staff prides itself on offering the best possible patient care each and every day. Strict quality control measures are in place to ensure this ongoing level of commitment by all members of our treatment team. We are a dedicated and highly specialized group of professionals who truly believe that our patients’ ultimate care and comfort are second to none.
Wendy Colon – Director
Department Phone Number
Emergencies, dial 911