Rocky Mountain Regional Level I Trauma Center

Denver Health’s Level I Trauma Center has one of the highest survival rates in the country – and our skilled professional physicians and surgeons in acute shock trauma are some of the best in the world. Denver Health Trauma Center sees a higher volume of trauma patients than at any other hospital in Colorado – making it THE shock trauma center with the best reputation and the highly skilled team to handle any trauma injury.

While Denver Health has provided advanced medical care since its opening in 1860, our trauma hospital is the leading pioneer in the relatively young field of trauma medicine. Denver Health physician Dr. Gene Moore and colleagues literally “wrote the book” on trauma and acute care surgery, providing research and education that other trauma centers nationwide use for training new teams.

As one of nation’s first academic Level I trauma centers – with a stellar reputation nationally and in the Denver community – Denver Health is at the forefront of trauma research, publishing academic research that helps set the standards of care.

The Best Care in the Nation for Patients

Denver Health’s internationally renowned trauma faculty lecture in Colorado, nationwide and across the globe. Our research laboratory brings together big data and massive computing for predictive medicine. For our patients, this means they have the best outcomes after traumatic injury, with average survival rates of 97.8 percent for blunt injuries and 95.7 percent for penetrating injuries such as gunshot and stab wounds, and an overall average survival rate of 97.4 percent.

Traumatic injury comes in many forms: automobile accidents, falls, pedestrian accidents, assaults, and other serious injury or unplanned medical issue. And all require immediate, expert treatment. At Denver Health’s Rocky Mountain Regional Level I Trauma Center, you have access to immediate care from our team of trauma experts. And as the region’s premier academic Level I adult and Level II pediatric trauma center, when a traumatic event happens, families stay together.

We have the premier academic Level I Trauma Center in the region, the only Level I trauma center in the city of Denver, treat some 16,000 patients annually, admit over 2,700 trauma patients annually and receive transfers from more than 60 regional hospitals.

Our Services

Denver Health’s Level I Trauma Center is a 24-hour trauma institute led by trauma and acute care surgeons, with prompt availability of care in these specialties: general surgery, orthopedic surgery, neurosurgery, anesthesiology, emergency medicine, radiology, internal medicine, plastic surgery, oral and maxillofacial surgery, pediatric surgery and critical care.

  • Trauma surgeons – Responsible for the initial evaluation, resuscitation and management of the acutely injured patient. Trauma surgeons identify and manage all life and limb-threatening injuries in conjunction with other sub-specialties. 
  • Oral and maxillofacial surgeons – Evaluate and manage acute injuries to facial and jaw bones. 
  • Neurosurgeons – Evaluate and manage acute traumatic brain, spine and spinal cord injuries from life-threatening bleeding and fractures to minor concussions, in addition to elective specialty practice including disorders of the neck and back, and brain tumors. 
  • Ophthalmic surgeons – Evaluate manage trauma to the eye, including globe rupture, retinal detachment and perforating injury. 
  • Orthopedic trauma surgeons – Acute bony fractures are expertly managed by an internationally renowned team of orthopedic surgeons. The team includes surgeons with additional fellowship training in orthopedic trauma and sports medicine. 
  • Plastic and reconstructive surgeons – Treat facial, ear and hand injuries, breast reconstruction, head and neck reconstruction, oculoplastic surgery and hand replantation.
  • Hand and limb microvascular replantation surgeons – Treat patients with the most severe hand injuries, including replantation of traumatic amputations, soft tissue reconstructions and vascular repair.
  • Vascular surgeons – Treat aortic aneurysm repairs, carotid endarterectomy, fenestrated and branched endografts, peripheral arterial disease, venous stasis ulcer treatments, varicose and spider veins.
  • Urologic surgery – Treat all areas of urology including, cancer, kidney stones, urinary issues, vasectomies and vasectomy reversals. 

Conditions We Manage

The full range of life-threatening injuries, including:

  • Traumatic brain injury
  • Spine and spinal cord injury
  • Cardiac injury
  • Lung injuries
  • Rib fractures
  • Abdominal injuries
  • Pelvis and acetabular fractures
  • Extremity fractures
  • Gunshot wounds
  • Blast injuries
  • Falls
  • Motor vehicle/cycle injuries
  • Pedestrian injuries