About MetroHealth Trauma Care

Trauma Care by the Numbers

The MetroHealth Trauma Center is one of the busiest in the nation. Trauma really is our specialty.

  • MetroHealth was one of the first verified trauma centers in the area. We were verified in 1992.
  • Each year, we see about 6,000 trauma patients. That's more than 16 trauma patients a day, every day.
  • The average severely injured trauma patient will see many experts at MetroHealth. During the course of care, it's between 50 and 100 specialists!
  • The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says getting care at a Level I Trauma Center like ours can lower your risk of death from trauma by 25 percent.

What is a Trauma Center?

A trauma center is different than a regular ER. It's a portion of the hospital equipped and staffed to provide comprehensive care to patients with traumatic injuries. In a trauma center, surgical specialists are available around the clock, every day. And everything in that center is designed to meet the unique physical and emotional needs of people who have been through a traumatic event—and the needs of the people who love them. At MetroHealth, trauma patients are treated by professionals who specialize in trauma care.

We have trauma surgeons who are also critical-care physicians. And we've met strict requirements for quality, staffing and training from the American College of Surgeons.

The MetroHealth Medical Center is a Level I Adult Trauma Center. It's also a Level II Pediatric Trauma Center. When you're dealing with trauma, you'll know you're getting care that meets national guidelines for quality and safety. It's one less thing to worry about as you recover.

The trauma center also works with:

  • Orthopedic surgeons
  • Neurosurgeons
  • Plastic surgeons
  • Ear, nose and throat (otolaryngology) specialists
  • Thoracic surgeons
  • Interventional radiology specialists

The team stands at the ready to provide comprehensive care to anyone who has a traumatic injury.

Trauma care isn't over in just a few intense minutes. Your treatment plan might last for months or years. It also involves specialists, rehab and emotional support. If traumatic injury affects your family, you'll receive the very best care at MetroHealth for the duration of your recovery. We offer a Trauma Recovery Center that provides even more support, at no cost to you.

Collaborating to Treat Traumatic Injuries

MetroHealth joined the Northern Ohio Trauma System (NOTS) in 2010. This is a collaboration with Cleveland Clinic and Southwest General Hospital. It ensures each patient gets appropriate care as quickly as possible. This partnership saves lives. Since 2010, trauma deaths in Cuyahoga County dropped 39 percent. In the city of Cleveland, trauma deaths are down 53 percent.