For patients who suffer life-threatening or life-changing injury, New Hanover Regional Medical Center provides the only Trauma Center in the region. More than 1,700 patients per year are admitted to the hospital through the Trauma Center, one of 10 Level II or higher trauma sites designated by the state's Office of Emergency Medical Services. Our designation as a trauma center reflects our commitment to making sure you have access to highly coordinated and skilled care if you ever face a sudden medical crisis.  Of course, preventing a traumatic injury is just as important.  We also provide outreach programs to prevent injuries wherever possible.

Coordinated Trauma Care

The Trauma Services Department is just part of the team working together to provide you with excellent trauma care.  We work closely with those who care for you before you arrive at the hospital, including New Hanover Regional EMS, VitaLink and AirLink, and the teams within the hospital. The Trauma Center includes:

What It Means to be a Trauma Center

As a Trauma Center, New Hanover Regional Medical Center provides:

  • Board-certified surgeons, nurses and other staff are available 24 hours a day, every day
  • An Emergency Department with physicians who are board-certified in Emergency Medicine and an operating room that can be immediately available
  • Resuscitation equipment for patients of all ages
  • Nursing staff with trauma care experience
  • Outreach program for injury prevention 
  • Documented continuing education for staff and physicians
  • A full-time Trauma Performance Improvement Coordinator, Trauma Program Manager and Trauma Medical Director who work together to direct continuous improvement activities with the goal of reducing trauma morbidity and mortality
  • A Trauma Registry, which captures over 300 data elements on every trauma admission. This data is used to identify opportunities to prevent injury, improve care, and monitor trauma patient outcomes