Summer 2012

Level One Won

Tufts Medical Center awarded trauma center designation

Early this spring, Massachusetts health officials designated Tufts Medical Center a “Level One” trauma center, an elite designation that could bring greater prestige and potentially more patients to the medical school’s primary affiliate.

The American College of Surgeons gave initial approval, which was then endorsed by the Department of Public Health. To become a Level One trauma center, a hospital must treat more than 1,200 trauma patients a year or about 250 severely injured patients, and also conduct top-flight research.

Reuven Rabinovici, chief of the division of trauma and acute care surgery at the hospital and a professor of surgery at Tufts, called the designation “an important landmark” for the medical center.

“It reflects the expertise of our highly experienced medical staff and the comprehensive, state-of-the-art medical care we provide to our trauma patients,” Rabinovici said. “Injuries are the leading cause of death for people ages 1 to 44, and receiving care at a Level One trauma center can decrease the likelihood of fatality from trauma by 25 percent.”

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