Trauma center in Richmond, Virginia

The Level III Trauma Center at Johnston-Willis Hospital is prepared to treat critical injuries 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Our specially trained physicians, surgeons and medical professionals provide expert, compassionate critical care in Chesterfield County.

If someone is experiencing a medical emergency, please call 911 immediately. If you are unsure about a critical care situation, you may speak to a registered nurse 24/7 by calling (804) 320-3627.

If your medical condition requires a level of critical care we cannot provide, we will quickly and safely transfer you by ambulance or helicopter to a Level I or Level II Trauma Center.

Our Level III Trauma Center includes:

  • Comprehensive team of trauma-trained and board-certified surgeons across varying specialties
  • Prompt assessment, resuscitation, surgery, intensive care and stabilization for critically injured patients
  • Comprehensive program to regularly review our care standards based on national standards published by the American College of Surgeons and the American College of Emergency Physicians
  • Community outreach program to help prevent injuries for people in the Richmond area

Trauma care before you arrive

Trauma care begins with an emergency medical services (EMS) response. We work closely with our EMS partners to provide critical care before you even arrive at Johnston-Willis. Your EMS provider rapidly evaluates you and determines the appropriate diagnosis, so we can fully anticipate and prepare for your immediate needs.

What is a trauma center?

A trauma center is specialized hospital that treats victims of physical trauma. Physical trauma is defined as a blunt, penetrating, or burn injury that requires immediate medical attention in order for the person who has sustained such injury to survive. These types of injuries are usually the result of falls, auto accidents, gunshots, stabbings, and/or burns. A trauma center is staffed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week with a trauma surgery team available who is specifically qualified to attend to traumatic injury. After the patient is stabilized, he or she will remain in the care of the trauma center until able to be released from the trauma center.

Your trauma team

Board-certified surgeons will oversee a comprehensive approach to your trauma care. They have extensive experience and training in the care of the traumatically-injured patient.

  • Trauma surgeons
  • General surgeons
  • Emergency physicians
  • Orthopedic surgeons
  • Vascular surgeons
  • Cardiothoracic surgeons
  • Anesthesiologists
  • Neurosurgeons
  • Plastic surgeons

Our trauma center adheres to an acute care surgery model, in which trauma surgeons cover trauma surgery, emergency general surgery, and surgical critical care. Our trauma surgeons have access to an enterprise-wide trauma registry that includes data from more than 240,000 patients – the only healthcare system in the world with such an extensive registry. Our clinicians and leadership use this clinical registry, which is well beyond what is required by the American College of Surgeons National Trauma Databank, for quality improvement and groundbreaking research.

How is a trauma center different than an ER?

Johnston-Willis' emergency room is equipped to handle any kind of emergency resulting from an injury or medical condition. When an injury is extreme, such as from a serious car accident, blunt force trauma or life-threatening gunshot or stab wounds, patients would be seen by the highly trained specialists in our trauma center, part of our emergency care system.