Nationally Verified Level I Trauma Center

Highest level of care for complex injuries

Among the Best in the Nation

Level 1 Trauma Center team members (from left) Alexsis Johnson, RN; Travis Pollema, DO; Tammy Murray, RN; and Jeanette Addington, RN, are among staff who respond to more than 1,700 traumas each year at The University of Kansas Hospital.

The Level I distinction recognizes our trauma center's ability to provide the highest possible standard of care for the most severely injured patients and those with complex, multisystem injuries. 

The University of Kansas Health System trauma program is the region's largest; the trauma center treats nearly twice as many patients each year as the next largest facility. Read more.

Critically injured patients have access to a full spectrum of care. Our trauma team can mobilize on a moment’s notice, when minutes matter. Specialists include trauma surgeons, emergency medicine physicians, neurosurgeons, orthopedists, plastic surgeons, radiologists, nurses and respiratory therapists.

Our coordinators ensure a smooth flow of care for patients and their families, from arrival through discharge and follow-up care. Patients benefit from this higher level of care from the time they enter our trauma center and throughout their stay.

Level I Trauma Center

Level 1 Verified Trauma Center

The University of Kansas Hospital is the region’s only nationally verified Level I Trauma Center, designated by the American College of Surgeons. We received Level I verification in September 2000. This recognizes our ability to provide round-the-clock care for patients with the most serious trauma injuries, from admission through rehabilitation and follow-up care.

Only 107 trauma programs in the U.S have received the ACS Level I rating, the highest rating a program can achieve.

Trauma resources

The Gene and Barbara Burnett Burn Center

Serving our region as the only adult and pediatric burn care facility accredited by the American Burn Association and American College of Surgeons.

We offer comprehensive inpatient care for complex burns and wounds. Our outpatient burn and wound center also provides advanced care by dedicated burn and wound physicians and nurses caring for adult and pediatric patients with injuries that don’t require hospitalization, or for patients recently discharged from the health system that require follow-up care during recovery.

Learn more about burn and wound care at The University of Kansas Health System.

Learn how to participate in our safety and injury prevention programs.

Injury prevention programs

Our prevention programs can be presented to any group and are appropriate for schools, churches and civic groups. To schedule a presentation, call 913-588-1227.

Distracted driving

Distracted driving is any activity that could divert a person's attention away from the primary task of driving. All distractions endanger driver, passenger, and bystander safety.

Patient story

In 2010, Luka Still suffered massive injuries in a high-speed motorcycle crash.  His parents, Jehovah’s Witnesses, turned to The University of Kansas Health System, the region’s only nationally verified Level I Trauma Center.

Transfer center

With one call, referring physicians can transfer trauma and critically ill patients to The University of Kansas Health Systen. Our service center operates 24/7. Call toll free 877-738-7286.