Mercy Health Partnership

The MetroHealth System and Mercy Health Lorain Hospital have partnered to bring a Level III Trauma Center to the residents of Lorain County. This is the first time that the more than 300,000 residents within the county’s limits have had access to trauma expertise in their home county.

Photo of Mercy Health Medical CenterThe new trauma center is located at Mercy Health Lorain Hospital on Kolbe Road and is based upon MetroHealth’s nationally recognized trauma program. MetroHealth and Mercy Health Lorain sought Level III Trauma Center verification from the American College of Surgeons. MetroHealth trauma surgeons rotate at Mercy Health Lorain to provide 24/7 trauma care. In addition, a MetroHealth Medical Director and Trauma Coordinator provide oversight on the day-to-day operations of the center. MetroHealth provides training and education for Mercy Health Lorain nurses and other staff to build upon Mercy’s high-quality, compassionate care model for patients with traumatic injuries.

According to the American Trauma Society, a Level III Trauma Center has demonstrated an ability to provide “prompt assessment, resuscitation, surgery, intensive care and stabilization of injured patients and emergency operations.” Level III Trauma Centers include 24-hour immediate coverage by emergency medicine physicians and the prompt availability of general surgeons and anesthesiologists.

MetroHealth’s air transport system, Metro Life Flight, has a Lorain County base and currently takes patients with the most severe traumatic injuries to MetroHealth’s Level I Adult Trauma Center in Cleveland. This coverage, when coupled with Mercy Health Lorain’s high-quality care delivery and expertly trained staff, allows people to access world-class care right at home.