Parkview Medical Center announces change in Trauma Level Designation
(Pueblo) March 4, 2022 Parkview Medical Center became a Level III Trauma Center In 1995. In 2001, The Hospital successfully obtained a Level II Trauma Center designation, providing the highest level of trauma care across Southern Colorado.
The recent COVID-19 pandemic has had deep impacts to the Parkview Health System, from staffing to supplies, and continues to have a tremendous effect on the hospital.
“We have been accredited as a Level II Trauma Center for quite some time,” said Parkview Health System President and CEO Leslie Barnes. “The regulatory requirements for this level, as well as the demands for on-call physician coverage is quite extensive. Now that there is a Level I Trauma Center in Colorado Springs, this change makes sense. I have full confidence that the great staff at Parkview will continue to provide the best care to the patients we serve.”
Parkview’s Level III Trauma Center will continue to provide 24-hour immediate coverage by emergency medicine physicians and the prompt availability of general surgeons and anesthesiologists. Parkview also incorporates a comprehensive quality assessment program and has developed transfer agreements for patients requiring more comprehensive care at a Level I or Level II Trauma Center in nearby Colorado Springs.
“Because of our close proximity to a Level I Trauma Center, it makes better sense for Parkview to move to Level III and, most importantly, the change will not compromise the excellent patient care we provide here,” added Renee Elwell, Chief Nursing Officer. “The Trauma team has dedicated themselves to improving the quality of care for patients with traumatic injuries. They have done amazing work and I am confident they will continue to do so as a Level III Trauma Center.”