Ten Kentucky hospitals have been recognized as part of the state's first official statewide trauma system. The announcement came during the 2012 Statewide Trauma and Emergency Medicine Symposium Friday in Lexington. Dr. Andrew Bernard, a University of Kentucky trauma surgeon and chair of the State Trauma Advisory Committee, called this "the most significant advancement in the health of Kentuckians in the last 20 years and lives will be saved because of it."
More than half of the states have such systems. "The goal of the state trauma system is getting the right patient to the right place at the right time," said Bernard, explaining that the system provides education so that proper assessment can be made of severely injured patients, so that they are taken to the most appropriate facility as quickly as possible.
Trauma centers are graded I through IV, with Level I hospitals able to treat the most severely injured and most at risk. Level I trauma centers are UK Chandler Hospital (Lexington), Kentucky Children's Hospital (Lexington), Kosair Children's Hospital (Louisville), and University of Louisville Hospital. Level III are Ephraim McDowell Regional Medical Center (Danville) and Taylor Regional Medical Center (Campbellsville). Level IV are Ephraim McDowell Fort Logan Hospital (Stanford), James B. Haggin Memorial Hospital (Harrodsburg), Livingston Hospital (Salem) and Marcum & Wallace Hospital (Irvine).