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Trauma Program

Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center is a Level I Trauma Center that receives trauma patients from referring hospitals in the region, and provides a tertiary level of ICU care. Our Trauma Program provides the highest level of multidisciplinary care for adult patients with all types and severity of traumatic injuries (except burns).

Our trauma surgeons treat injuries sustained from:

  • motor vehicle accidents
  • violence
  • falls
  • all other accidents

In addition to expertly trained trauma surgeons, our multidisciplinary team includes:

  • social workers
  • physiatrists
  • injury prevention staff 
  • trauma nurses, trauma nurse practitioners, and advanced practitioners 
  • occupational and physical therapists
  • chaplains

We work closely with specialists across BIDMC, including those in the:

What is a Level I Trauma Center?

A Level I Trauma Center offers the highest level of trauma care available (other levels are II, III, and IV), ensuring that patients receive the best possible care regardless of the severity of their injury.

To achieve verification as a Level I Trauma Center, an organization must meet or exceed a lengthy list of strict criteria established by the American College of Surgeons. This status must be re-verified every three years. In 2017, BIDMC received re-verification as a Level I Trauma Center. This achievement recognizes the trauma center’s dedication to providing optimal care for injured patients.

Established by the American College of Surgeons (ACS) in 1987, the Committee on Trauma’s Consultation/Verification Program for Hospitals promotes the development of trauma centers in which participants provide not only the hospital resources necessary for trauma care, but also the entire spectrum of care to address the needs of all injured patients. This spectrum encompasses the pre-hospital phase through the rehabilitation process.

Outreach and Education

Our Trauma Program also conducts outreach and education programs in the community, to prevent injuries. In addition, we offer more formal educational programs.

Contact Information

Emergency: 911
Trauma Transfer Line: 617-754-2494 
Berenson Emergency Department: 617-754-2400