TRAUMA CENTERS

Louisiana law (LA RS 40:2173) states that the “trauma center” label shall be reserved exclusively for hospitals with state-issued trauma center certification. The Louisiana Department of Health (LDH), 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 LDH 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.

Chapter 23 of the ACS/COT – Resources for Optimal Care of the Injured Patient includes a “New Criteria Quick Reference Guide.” Click here for the updated Clarification Document.

Hospitals that want to seriously explore the trauma center verification process should view the Resources for Optimal Care of the Injured Patient by the ACS/COT.

Learn more about the ACS/COT trauma center verification process.

Download a copy of the LDH 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 LDH’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.

View the “Orange is the New Green” webinar and download the Webinar Questions Log to learn more.

Certified Trauma Centers in Louisiana

Map of Certified Trauma Centers in Louisiana

Region 1
University Medical Center – New Orleans
Level I Trauma Center
Region 2
Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center
Level II Trauma Center
Region 3
None
Region 4
None
Region 5
None
Region 6
Rapides Regional Medical Center – Alexandria
Level II Trauma Center
Region 7
University Health Shreveport
Level I Trauma Center
Region 8
None
Region 9
North Oaks Medical Center
Level II Trauma Center