Emergency care on the Western Slope just became more accessible.

Community Hospital received their Level III Trauma Center designation for the next three years.

Community Hospital conducted a trauma review in June of this year to see if they qualified for enhancing their trauma care capabilities, and after finding no deficiencies during the review, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment granted them their designation.

This is especially great news for people who live in rural communities as emergency medical intervention can be more difficult the further away someone is from larger cities.

“The trauma system is not only a city, county or a regional system, it’s a state system. They’re all pieces to this puzzle and we’re a stronger piece to that puzzle”, says Thomas Tobin the Chief Medical Officer for Community Hospital.

The designation will have no effect on someone’s health insurance costs, including Medicaid and Medicare.