Trauma is a serious injury caused by a physical force such as a car accident, fall, drowning, violence, fire or sports/recreational related injury. Traumatic injuries are the leading cause of death for Americans under age 44.

A trauma can happen at any time and is a very time sensitive event which requires an organized approach to care. In 2010, Gundersen was once again verified as a Level II Trauma Center by the American College of Surgeons for the third time. As a verified Level II Trauma Center, we offer all the components of optimal care for trauma patients:

  • 24-hour-per-day medical staff availability
  • Acute/emergency hospital care
  • Rehabilitation services
  • Ongoing research regarding care of trauma patients
  • Trauma and injury prevention efforts
  • Regional resource for rural hospitals

Gundersen is the region's highest verified trauma center by the American College of Surgeons. This verification distinguishes Gundersen as having met national benchmarks in its ability to not only provide immediate, specialized, multidisciplinary care to treat the most severe and critical injuries at all times, but also the commitment to optimizing patient care and outcomes.

More than 80% of the trauma patients treated at Gundersen come from rural communities outside of La Crosse. We serve patients from western Wisconsin, northeast Iowa and southeast Minnesota with consistently lower mortality rates than the national average for the last 6 years.

Here, a team approach is taken to care for trauma patients from the moment paramedics arrive on the scene through a patient's recovery. The Trauma Team, a dedicated group of professionals designated to provide a wide range of specialty care to an injured patient, is ready and present when you or your loved one arrive. Additionally, multiple specialties become part of the Trauma Team to help the patient get back to their pre-injury condition.

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