Level 1 Trauma Center
Being treated at a Level 1 Trauma Center increases a seriously injured patient’s chances of survival by an estimated 20 to 25 percent. As a NYS Designated Level 1 Trauma Center, Jamaica Hospital Medical Center provides the highest level of care to trauma patients. Our Trauma Division is a 24 hour, 7 days a week operation that is always ready and equipped for the most critical patients. With one of the largest voluntary ambulance services in the City’s 911 system, as well as our proximity to JFK International Airport and several major highways, our Trauma Division is one of the busiest in New York City. Over 1,500 trauma activations are seen each year, of which 70% of these injuries are the result of a motor vehicle accident, a fall, an assault, or a pedestrian being struck. In recent years, a rising incidence of penetrating injuries has been seen.
We have experts in trauma, emergency medicine, neurosurgery, orthopedic surgery, oral and maxillofacial, anesthesiology, radiology, intensive care and rehabilitation medicine that care for the trauma patient through the early and later stages. Other often-needed specialties are also readily available and include vascular surgery, urology, plastic surgery, and hand surgery.
Continuum of Care
Continuum of care means that we provide optimal care for the person’s injury and also psychosocial support for the patient and their family through all phases of care from treatment to recovery and the transition back into a healthy, active life. The Hospital has several other services and departments that work in concert with the surgeons to ensure that the patient’s care is individualized, yet comprehensive, and not isolated. The Hospital also has an Inpatient Rehabilitation unit where the patient may continue to regain functional independence under the care of qualified physiatrists, physical and occupational therapists, speech language pathologists, psychologists, etc.
Jamaica Hospital’s Division of Trauma Surgery is comprised of a group of highly experienced trauma surgeons who were trained at specialized trauma centers across the country, including the Detroit Receiving Hospital and Weill Cornell Medical College.
These surgeons work closely with specialists in vascular, neurological, orthopedic, plastic, pediatric, critical care, and otorhinolaryngologic (ENT), and ophthalmologic surgery, as well as experts in rehabilitation, nutrition, and social work, to provide patients with a full spectrum of comprehensive medical care.
Patients brought in by emergency medical services will receive direct care from the trauma team, from the time they arrive at the hospital until their discharge. The goal of the Trauma Center has always been to provide optimal and ideal care to all injured patients, no matter the severity of the injury, and to return them as quickly as possible to an injury-free and pain-free life.