Primary trauma is a serious, life- or limb-threatening injury caused by an automobile crash, gunshots, knife wounds, falls, battery or burns. The CDC’s field trauma triage guidelines recommend trauma centers for these types of patients because of improved outcomes.
For adults and children who become critically injured or ill, Mercyhealth is the leader in trauma and emergency care throughout northwest Illinois, eastern Iowa, and southern Wisconsin.
Mercyhealth also addresses secondary trauma—the effects that the injured individual’s loved ones must deal with. Our chaplains, social workers, and care coordinators are here to gently guide patients and families from the initial injury through the entire hospital and recovery phase.
As an American College of Surgeons-certified Level II trauma center, Mercyhealth Hospital and Trauma Center‘s staff and resources are always ready at a moment’s notice to care for trauma patients. Everything is in place when the patient arrives: trauma-trained doctors and nurses, plus imaging equipment, operating rooms and support staff.
Our trauma patients are routinely admitted for inpatient hospital care. We also accept patients from Level III and IV facilities. There may also be some instances when we stabilize the patient and transfer him to a Level I facility for highly specialized care.
Mercyhealth Hospital–Rockton Avenue is designated by the Illinois Department of Public Health as a Level I Trauma Center, which means we provide the highest level of specialized trauma and critical care services. Mercyhealth Hospital–Rockton Avenue is also designated as a Level II Pediatric Trauma Center by the Illinois Department of Public Health, the only Rockford hospital designated as capable of providing comprehensive trauma care to children who have suffered blunt trauma, penetrating wounds and head injuries in incidents such as crashes, falls or violent acts.
Mercyhealth REACT, our critical care transport helicopter, is staffed by two highly skilled transport nurses.
Our emergency department has more than 24 specialty physicians on call every day. We also have the region’s only critical care and pediatric intensive care units staffed by specially-trained critical care and pediatric intensivists.
We are also the lead hospital in disaster response and coordination. The Illinois Department of Public Health has designated us as the Regional Hospital Coordinating Center for the northern Illinois Emergency Medical Services (EMS) region.
Mercyhealth Prehospital and Emergency Services Center is one of the region’s largest EMS system and resource training centers in northern Illinois. Mercyhealth coordinates multiple ambulances, agencies, aircraft responses, trauma teams, and cath labs. It also coordinates the MD REACT Regional Referral Center and regional disaster communications and includes the Regional American Heart Association Training Coordinating Center.