The University of Arizona Medical Center-South Campus, 2800 E. Ajo Way, has been named a provisional Level III trauma center by the Arizona Department of Health Services, Bureau of Emergency Medical Services and Trauma System.
This spring, ADHS, which has established criteria for designating trauma centers at varying levels based on a hospital's resources and capabilities, granted provisional Level III status to both UAMC-South Campus and Mountain Vista Medical Center in Mesa for the next 16 months. During that time frame, the American College of Surgeons will survey the hospitals to re-evaluate and accredit them as Level III trauma centers.
UAMC-South Campus and Mountain Vista are the only Level III trauma centers in Arizona. Level III trauma centers have resources for emergency resuscitation, surgery and intensive care of most trauma patients and have transfer agreements with Level I or Level II trauma centers that provide back-up resources for the care of exceptionally severe injuries.
UAMC-South Campus' sister hospital, The University of Arizona Medical Center-University Campus, operates the only Level 1 trauma center in Southern Arizona.
The development of a Level III trauma center at UAMC-South Campus has been in the works for four years, said Dr. Peter Rhee, chief of the Division of Trauma, Critical Care and Emergency Surgery at the UA department of surgery.
"This designation is part of a regional plan, coordinated through the Tucson mayoral office, to optimize emergency care and resources here in Tucson and Southern Arizona. Our goal is to seek and implement the right care, at the right place, the first time, for both improved efficacy and efficiency," he said.
Dr. Donald Green, UA associate professor of surgery, has been named director at the South Campus trauma center.
"He is a seasoned trauma surgeon who has battlefield experience with the U.S. Special Operations community and has recently retired from the U.S. Navy. We are fortunate to have been able to recruit such a sought-out talent. His compassion, maturity and expertise are an asset to Southern Arizona," Rhee said.
UAMC-South Campus is a 245-bed teaching hospital managed by The University of Arizona Health Network, the state's premier academic medical system. In addition to its two medical centers, the Health Network operates dozens of clinics, numerous health plans and the practice plan for faculty physicians of the UA College of Medicine.
The mission of The University of Arizona Health Network is advancing health and wellness through education, research and patient care.