New trauma designation for Chippenham Hospital

Posted at 7:23 PM, Jan 12, 2015
and last updated 2015-01-12 20:24:38-05

RICHMOND, Va -- Virginia's State Health Commissioner has given Chippenham Hospital a level II trauma designation.

The hospital, owned by HCA Virginia, became the only such hospital in central Virginia, HCA Virginia said in a release.

The designation is a certification that the hospital meets certain requirements. For level II, the requirements are that it is able to 'initiate definitive care for all injured patients," the hospital company said in the release.

For context, level III's requirements are that a hospital be able to provide assessment, resuscitation, surgery, and intensive care for patients. Level I's requirements are that a hospital be able to provide complete care for every kind of injury, from prevention to rehabilitation.

Level II designation also requires that a trauma surgeon be able to respond to a patient within 15 minutes.

Chippenham Hospital is one of 14 trauma centers in the state.