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Chippenham Hospital Receives Verification as Level II Trauma Center

HCA Virginia’sChippenham Hospital has received verification as a Level II trauma center by the American College of Surgeons (ACS) for a period of three years. 

The achievement recognizes the trauma center's dedication to providing optimal care for injured patients. The hospital first received designation as a Level II trauma center in 2015 by the State Health Commissioner from the Commonwealth of Virginia Department of Health. 

“This verification is a testament to the commitment of our trauma team and their dedication to providing top-level trauma care our community deserves,” said Greg Lowe, chief executive officer of Chippenham & Johnston-Willis Hospitals. “We are extremely proud of our highly talented and skilled team for their continuous efforts to improve the quality of life for our most critically ill patients.”

As a Level II trauma center, the facility is able to initiate definitive care for all patients by providing 24/7 on-site general trauma surgeons required to be at bedside within 15 minutes. In addition, trauma experts with a variety of surgical specialties are on call 24/7 and required to be at bedside within 30 minutes.

The verification program was established by the ACS in 1987 and is headed by the verification review committee, an ad hoc committee of the Committee on Trauma of the ACS. Verified trauma centers must meet the essential criteria that ensure trauma care capability and institutional performance, as outlined by the American College of Surgeon’s Committee on Trauma in its current “Resources for Optimal Care of the Injured” patient manual.

Chippenham Hospital plays a critical role to emergency care as central Virginia’s busiest adult and pediatric ER, staffed 24/7 by pediatric-trained emergency nurse and physician specialists.


In Virginia, the trauma designation process is voluntary and intended to identify the various levels of capability available at participating hospitals. There are three levels in the state. These include:

  • Level I – facilities capable of providing total care for every aspect of injury from prevention to rehabilitation.
  • Level II – facilities that are able to initiate definitive care for all injured patients.
  • Level III – centers that have demonstrated an ability to provide prompt assessment, resuscitation, surgery, intensive care and stabilization of injured patients and emergency operations.

The American College of Surgeons is a scientific and educational association of surgeons that was founded in 1913 to raise the standards of surgical education and practice and to improve the care of the surgical patient. For more information, visit https://www.facs.org/.

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About HCA Virginia…As the commonwealth’s most comprehensive provider network, HCA Virginia Health System operates 13 hospitals and 30 outpatient centers and is affiliated with 3,000 physicians. It is one of Virginia’s largest employers, provides $365 million in uncompensated care and pays $72 million in state and local taxes each year. HCA Virginia includes 6 imaging centers, 6 outpatient surgery centers, four freestanding emergency rooms, and 7 hospitals – Chippenham, Henrico Doctors’, John Randolph, Johnston-Willis, Parham Doctors’, Retreat Doctors’ and Spotsylvania Regional.