Louisiana law (LA RS 40:  2841-2846) states that the “trauma center” label shall be reserved exclusively for hospitals with state-issued trauma center certification.  The Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals (DHH), Health Standards Section is charged with the responsibility of certifying and designating a hospital as a Level I, Level II, or Level III trauma center. 

To receive DHH certification as a Level I, Level II, or Level III trauma center, Louisiana hospitals must successfully complete the trauma center verification process of the American College of Surgeons, Committee on Trauma (ACS/COT).  Level I is the highest level of trauma center – requiring the greatest commitment of hospital resources. 


The ACS/COT has developed summary sheets that describe the requirements for Level I, Level II, and Level III trauma centers.


Level I

Level II

Level III

Hospitals that want to seriously explore the trauma center verification process should purchase Resources for Optimal Care of the Injured Patient by the ACS/COT.  Click here to order a copy.


Click here to learn more about the ACS/COT trauma center verification process. 


Click here to download a copy of the DHH Hospital Trauma Center Packet.  This packet includes an application form, a Checklist for Hospital Trauma Center Designation, an Attestation Form with instructions, and other information hospitals need to initiate DHH’s trauma center designation process.   

Trauma centers in Louisiana are required to contribute data to the statewide trauma registry, participate in LERN’s Regional Commissions, and participate in LERN regional and state-level performance improvement and injury prevention activities.



Certified Trauma Centers in Louisiana


Region 1


Spirit of Charity - Interim LSU Public Hospital

Level I Trauma Center

Region 2


Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center

Level II Trauma Center

Region 3


Region 4


Region 5



Region 6

Rapides Regional Medical Center - Alexandria

Level II Trauma Center

Region 7



Region 8


Region 9



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