Lakeview Regional Medical Center, a campus of Tulane Medical Center, has met the rigorous national requirements set by the American College of Surgeons (ACS) as a verified Level II Trauma Center, and it received designation from the Louisiana Department of Health to become the first and only hospital in St. Tammany Parish to provide this level of life-saving service to the area's most critically injured patients.

“This verification validates what we have known to be true and recognizes the optimal care we provide to our patients, whether it's a trauma case or any emergency room visit,” said Katie Cook, Lakeview Regional trauma director. “Treatment at a trauma center can improve survival rates by 18%, and we are equipped with a highly skilled multidisciplinary staff and the latest technology to treat almost any emergency that comes through our emergency department.”

Highly specialized surgeons staff Lakeview Regional's trauma center to handle extreme cases of life-threatening and critical injuries with immediate survival issues.

The process to be recognized as Level II requires an in-depth review of many departments, including the emergency department, the operating rooms, critical care units, surgical unit, blood bank, lab, and radiology. Level II trauma centers can initiate definitive care for all injured patients. Elements include 24-hour immediate coverage by general surgeons and coverage by the specialties of orthopedic surgery, neurosurgery, anesthesiology, emergency medicine, radiology, and critical care. In addition, the hospital provides trauma prevention to the community and incorporates a comprehensive quality assessment program.

Lakeview Regional is one of 9 hospitals in Louisiana with a Trauma Center designation.

For more information about Lakeview Regional's trauma program, or to see its average ER wait time, please visit our website.