Atrium Medical Center’s Level III Trauma Center

At Atrium Medical Center, our trauma team treats seriously injured patients in Butler, Warren and surrounding counties. As a Level III trauma center – the only one in Warren County and Middletown – we serve an area without immediate access to a Level I or Level II center. Our trauma care includes:

  • Assessment
  • Resuscitation
  • Emergency care
  • Stabilization

Many of our most critically injured trauma patients remain at Atrium and complete their inpatient hospital stay at Atrium and continue their recovery at our rehabilitation center.

If a patient’s injuries require the skills of surgical specialists and other more advanced care, CareFlight Air and Mobile Services transports the patients to the Level I trauma center at Miami Valley Hospital or another suitable facility as quickly as possible. 

What We Offer

Each year more than 800 patients receive care at our Level III trauma center after injuries from vehicle crashes, industrial accidents, penetrating trauma, or falls. We provide:

  • Emergency medicine physicians in-hospital 24 hours a day
  • Prompt availability of general surgeons and anesthesiologists
  • Coordinated response from a trauma team
  • Two of four fully equipped resuscitation bays designated as trauma suites with in-room x-ray capability
  • 24-hour diagnostic imaging, such as:
  • Laboratory testing

Our trauma care team collaborates with many other specialists, depending on your condition. 

What To Expect

The trauma care you receive at our Level III trauma center begins at the scene. The EMS team transports you by ambulance and radios ahead to alert the trauma team and share information about your injuries and medical condition.

Trauma surgeons, emergency medicine doctors, nurses, and other support staff use this information to prepare for your arrival and decide the best way to evaluate and treat your injuries. The team meets you as soon as you arrive and takes you directly to a trauma resuscitation room.

The trauma team immediately:

  • Performs an initial assessment
  • Identifies and treats life-threatening injuries
  • Calls on board-certified specialty doctors for consultation and treatment as needed

If you need surgery, the trauma team will assemble the surgical specialists you need. Atrium Medical Center’s surgery center is equipped with:

  • A trauma surgical suite
  • Seven operating rooms including a designated trauma OR suite
  • Multiple procedure rooms

Our chaplains, social workers and other support staff help you and your family to cope with traumatic events associated with an injury or condition. When your family arrives at the hospital we quickly ensure that:

  • A doctor discusses your medical situation with them
  • They are brought to see you as soon as possible

Depending on your condition, you may need additional support and ongoing care after your leave the hospital. Learn more about trauma follow-up care.

What Is a Level III Trauma Center?

Atrium Medical Center maintains full accreditation as Warren County’s only Level III trauma center, as verified by the American College of Surgeons. First designated as a Level III trauma center in 2004, Atrium undergoes continuous evaluation.

The difference between trauma center levels is based on the depth of resources available to treat trauma patients with multi-system injuries, not on the quality of care.

Level III trauma centers:

  • Provide rapid care for all forms of traumatic injury
  • Offer 24-hour immediate coverage by emergency medicine physicians
  • Prompt availability of trauma surgeons and other surgical specialties as needed
  • Incorporate a comprehensive quality and performance improvement program while continually assessing for ways to improve the care provided to injured patients.
  • Have transfer agreements in place for patients needing more comprehensive care at a Level I or Level II trauma center
  • Provide back-up care for rural and community hospitals
  • Offer continuing education for nursing and allied health personnel and the trauma team
  • Maintain injury prevention programs
  • Provide active outreach programs for referring communities

Atrium Medical Center’s Trauma Program provides high quality and safe, effective care to injured patients from resuscitation to rehabilitation. Trauma team members participate in disaster preparedness, injury prevention and the development of trauma systems at the regional, state and national level.

Contact Us

If you or a loved one needs emergency or trauma care, our teams of specially trained doctors and nurses are here to help. At Premier Heath, we quickly assess your condition and provide the care and treatment you need.

You can access emergency services at the following locations: