The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center East Hospital is Now a Provisional Level III Trauma Center


wmc_logo.jpgThe Ohio Department of Public Safety and the Ohio Department of Health have recognized The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center East Hospital as a Provisional Level III Trauma Center, effective Monday, Sept. 10 at 7 a.m.

This designation enhances trauma care, and extends our reach of trauma services to the region. Trauma coverage at East Hospital is provided by the same experienced clinical team that serves the University Hospital Level I Trauma Center.

As a Level III Trauma Center, East Hospital can now provide critical access, stabilization of patients, and definitive trauma care to patients with serious traumatic injuries. Collaboration with University Hospital's Level I Trauma Center will allows East Hospital to provide extended services and a full range of trauma care within The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center system.

In addition, we look forward to providing these extended services to our community:

  • Expanded trauma resuscitation (blood products for massive transfusion protocol (MTP), surgery, etc.)
  • Care of general and orthopedic injuries requiring admission and surgery
  • Care of non-life-threatening injuries needing observation and monitoring
  • Decontamination
  • Expanded care for mass casualties in collaboration with other trauma centers
  • Quality review and feedback of injured patients brought to our facility
  • Patient education and injury-prevention programs
  • Experienced trauma leadership that is involved with regional and state legislation for trauma and is working with the Central Ohio Trauma System (COTS)


Please note that East Hospital will not have neurosurgery. Patients with a Glasgow Coma Scale (GCS) score of less than 13 should go to a Level I or II facility (or as directed in EMS Departmental Standards of Practice).

Operating rooms for emergent procedures will be fully staffed Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. On-call coverage will be available after-hours and on weekends and holidays (30-minute arrival time). Patients who are hypotensive, have penetrating torso injuries or show evidence of surgical bleeding may be better served at a facility with in-house operating room capability during times when East Hospital has on-call coverage.

For questions about Emergency Department services at East Hospital, contact:

Michael Dick, MD (Emergency Department Medical Director) michael.dick@osumc.edu Ken Groves, RN, BSN, CCRN, CEN (Nursing Director) ken.groves@osumc.edu

For questions about the Trauma Program at East Hospital, contact:

Michael Sutherland, MD (Trauma Medical Director) michael.sutherland@osumc.edu; 614-685-9298 Cindy Nagel, MA, BSN, RN-BC (Associate Director Trauma Services) cynthia.nagel@osumc.edu

We look forward to our continued partnership with you and to serving your patients.