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Trauma Department at St. Joseph's


For over two decades, St. Joseph's has been committed to maintaining a leadership role in advancing excellence in trauma care throughout Arizona. That commitment is demonstrated by maintaining national recognition by the American College of Surgeon's (ACS) Committee on Trauma.

The expertise of Barrow Neurological Institute® for head and spine injury, the Norton Thoracic Institute, and the Trauma Department for multi-system major injury management provides experienced care for our patients.

ACS Level I Trauma Center Verification

Obtaining an ACS Level 1 Trauma Status involves a verification process of the preparation and submission of a formal proposal outlining how the hospital meets the national standards as well as an intense site survey. During the site survey national trauma experts review the hospital for ACS criteria associated with: hospital commitment, patient care standards, Trauma Service operations, provision of medical education, level of trauma research, organization of quality review and system improvement, outreach, and prevention.

What is Trauma?

Trauma is an injury caused by external force applied to the body. Car crashes, violent acts such as shootings and stabbings, and falls are common mechanisms of injury. Major trauma is life threatening or potentially life threatening injury. Major trauma is the leading cause of death and disability for people under age 44. The time from injury to highly specialized trauma hospital care is critical in saving lives and decreasing disabilities. Trauma Centers provide the level of care that can make the difference between life and death.

Trauma Resources

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Contact Us

If you would like more information on our Level I Trauma Center, please call 602.406.3157.