Northwest Indiana’s First Verified Level III Trauma Services

Methodist Hospitals is taking lifesaving care to a higher level. That’s why Methodist Hospitals’ Northlake Campus in Gary, IN, has been verified as a Level III Trauma Services by the American College of Surgeons (ACS). This achievement recognizes the trauma center’s dedication to providing optimal care for injured patients.

It’s the first Northwest Indiana trauma center to be ACS verified.

Verified trauma centers must meet the essential criteria that ensure trauma care capability and institutional performance, as outlined by the American College of Surgeons’ Committee on Trauma in its current Resources for Optimal Care of the Injured Patient manual. Methodist Hospitals was subject to an on-site review by a team of experienced site reviewers, who use the current Resources for the Optimal Care of the Injured Patient manual as a guideline in conducting the survey.

This verification affects not only Gary, but also communities within 45 minutes of Methodist Hospitals’ Northlake Campus. Its location near an industrial corridor and between three of the state’s busiest interstates makes it ideally situated to serve The Region.

What Level III Trauma Center Status Means to You

Injuries are the leading cause of death among Indiana children, adolescents and adults through age 44, and the fifth leading cause of death overall. Research shows the sooner trauma patients reach definitive care—particularly if they arrive within 60 minutes of being injured—the better their chance of survival.

As a Level III trauma center, our hospital has the ability to stabilize and provide initial treatment to any patient with traumatic injuries. The sickest, most critically injured patients elicit a full trauma team response where all resources respond to the bedside, including a surgeon, emergency department staff, blood bank, radiology, respiratory, and spiritual care.

Trauma Center vs. Emergency Department

Most local hospitals’ emergency departments are not necessarily trauma centers. While every emergency department cares for trauma patients, a trauma center meets specific standards and requirements, including:

  • a surgeon automatically responding to the most critically injured patients
  • trauma-trained nurses and physicians
  • trauma care guidelines
  • injury prevention activities
  • an administrative trauma staff

The Indiana triage and transport rule requires that injured patients meeting defined criteria must be transported to the nearest trauma center within a 45-minute range. EMS providers in Lake, Porter, and Jasper counties have been notified of Methodist’s Level III status and now know to transport their most severely injured patients to the Northlake Campus.

Methodist Hospitals Emergency Services

Northlake Campus: 600 Grant Street  •  Gary, IN 46402  •  219-886-4710
Southlake Campus: 8701 Broadway  •  MerrillvilleIN 46410  •  219-738-5510