Trauma is the leading cause of death for people less than 44 years of age. More years of productivity are lost to trauma than to cancer, heart disease and stroke combined. The Trauma Program at Spirit of Charity Trauma Center has a long history of providing care to critically injured trauma patients in this area of the state. On April 9, 1996, after several years of planning and developing under the guidance of Dr. Kennan J. Buechter, the American College of Surgeons verified Charity Hospital as one of the only two Level I Trauma Centers in Louisiana. The verification is for three years, and the Trauma Center underwent re-verification in 1999, 2002, 2005, 2008 and 2011.
A Level I Trauma Center has the highest level response for the major trauma patient, as well as trauma related research, teaching, prevention and outpatient care programs. The Trauma Team requires the cohesive medical approach of physicians, nurses, technicians, therapists, and ancillary staff to assure that the trauma patient is evaluated, resuscitated and treated expeditiously and appropriately. With approximately 2000 admissions a year, our Trauma Center is one of the busiest inner city Level I trauma centers in the country.
Among the many advantages of a trauma center are:
- It provides the care and resources to assist the trauma patient to recover and return to society.
- All resources needed for timely care of the trauma patient are available around the clock.
- It provides resources to the community including trauma outreach prevention programs, training and continuing education programs for health care personnel and continuing research to validate current management of trauma care.