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Level III Trauma Center

Trust Parkland Medical Center for Trauma Care

Not every hospital can rise to the challenges of trauma treatment. At Parkland, we’re experts in caring for patients with severe or multiple injuries. Our Level III Trauma Center is designated by the state as one of New Hampshire’s 14 trauma centers.

Being a state-recognized trauma center means we’ve volunteered to provide a higher level of care for the most critically injured patients. It also means our standards are reviewed and updated based on national standards published by the American College of Surgeons and the American College of Emergency Physicians.

Our specially trained medical professionals, equipped with the latest technology, converge at the bedside of patients when they arrive in the ER. We deliver care immediately—with a rapid and systematic protocol—ensuring these patients receive the critical attention they need.

What Is a Trauma Center?

Trauma centers treat patients with body wounds or shock produced by a sudden physical accident or violence, such as car accidents, workplace accidents, fire or smoke inhalation, an act of violence or a recreational or athletic accident. These injuries require fast action from a team of experts.

At Parkland, we’re trained in emergency resuscitation, surgery and intensive care of most trauma patients. We also have protocols in place to quickly stabilize and transport patients for treatment at other medical facilities. Our helipad allows us to transport patients by helicopter.

Our designation as a Level III Trauma Center means you’re covered by a team of experts, including a physician Trauma Center Director and nurses with advanced emergency certifications, with 24-hour access to:

  • Board-certified emergency surgeons, including orthopedic specialists
  • Radiologists for interpretation of complex diagnostic images
  • Clinical laboratory services

Trauma care begins with EMS response. Knowledge and experience in trauma care allows EMS technicians to make split-second life-saving decisions and begin treatment that can transfer seamlessly to our ER team. We work closely with our EMS partners to begin critical care while you’re on your way and prepare to treat your needs as soon as you arrive.