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BRMC Trauma Center Downgrade

Bristol Regional Trauma Center will transition to a Level III Trauma Center on February 1.  Below are some important details we want to share with you about this change. Please do not hesitate to reach out to our office or the Ballad Health EMS Liaison at any time to discuss this process and any questions you may have. Specific details are provided below by clicking the "Read More" link.

  • Bristol Regional Medical Center’s Level II trauma center will transition to a Level III trauma center on Tuesday, Feb. 1, 2022.
  • For most cases, the coverage provided at Bristol Regional’s trauma center will not change. It will continue to provide full general surgical, orthopedic and neurosurgery coverage for trauma patients.
  • Bristol Regional will continue to offer highly specialized treatment for serious medical emergencies, such as heart attack and stroke, and it will also maintain its high-acuity neurosurgery, orthopedic surgery and general surgery programs.
  • The trauma center will retain key trauma program elements, including trauma program manager, trauma medical director, trauma nurses and trauma clinics for follow-up care after an injury.
  • The transition of Bristol Regional’s trauma center from Level II to Level III is particularly crucial at this time, as more stringent certification requirements will make the Level II status untenable in the future.
  • Residents will remain in-house, and there will be no gaps in resident coverage at all.

In addition to this information, please ensure your agency personnel are familiar with your respective state/regional Trauma Destination Guidelines, as they provide information relative to transport decisions of our trauma patients.  If you are not familiar with these, please contact me or your local EMS representatives.  For Southwest Virginia, this would be the SWVA EMS Council or their website.  For Tennessee, this would be John Dabbs or the State of TN Office of EMS website.

EMS providers should thoroughly read and follow trauma patient destination guidelines.  With this, should any trauma patient be received to Bristol Regional or Holston Valley as the closest, most appropriate facility, as stated in your guidelines, those patients will continue to be cared for.  Both of our Level III Trauma Centers are here to continue assisting our EMS partners with the care and stabilization of trauma patients. 

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