BCH Attains County’s Highest Trauma

Center Designation 

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Boulder Community Hospital has been designated Boulder County’s first Level II Trauma Center by the State of Colorado.  BCH is now the highest level trauma center in the County. 

“This important designation confirms that Boulder Community offers local access to the advanced resources and specially trained physicians, nurses and other clinicians vital to successfully treating severely injured patients,” said BCH President/CEO David P. Gehant.  “Physicians from multiple specialties and staff from across the hospital worked diligently and collaboratively toward achieving this milestone for BCH and Boulder County.” 

“This level of designation means that the citizens of Boulder County now have access to resources and specialized care that previously would have required transfer to another hospital. This represents a huge commitment by Boulder Community Hospital to serve our local citizens,” pointed out Walter L. Biffl, MD, Medical Director of Trauma Services at BCH. “Our trauma team will work cooperatively with local Emergency Medical Services agencies to continue expanding and improving trauma services for the entire county.”

Under its new trauma designation, BCH will serve as a referral location and training resource for the other hospitals in Boulder County. 

In order to provide a complete range of trauma care for county residents, BCH has also established a partnership with the Rocky Mountain Regional Level I Trauma Center at Denver Health. 

Attaining a more advanced trauma designation is the latest action taken by BCH to ensure that county residents have local access to vital medical services.  Last year, BCH achieved national certification as a Primary Stroke Center after demonstrating that it has the critical personnel and services needed to provide comprehensive care for stroke patients. BCH is one of only three Colorado hospitals north of Denver to attain this designation.  This two-year certification came from The Joint Commission, the nation’s largest standards-setting and accrediting body in health care, in conjunction with the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association. 

BCH also provides the most comprehensive heart program in Boulder County.  BCH’s heart attack treatment is rated best in Boulder County by Healthgrades.  Boulder Community also is the only medical facility in the County performing open heart surgery. 

BCH earned its higher trauma designation following a thorough review by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE).   

CDPHE is charged with improving the state's trauma system to assure that people who are seriously injured in Colorado receive rapid and appropriate care.  CDPHE monitors the current trauma system, establishes system standards, designates hospitals and other health care facilities as trauma centers, and uses trauma registry data to suggest improvements in the trauma system. 


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