Trauma Center

Accidents happen when you least expect them. But South Shore Health is always ready to respond.

South Shore Hospital is the first and only verified and designated Level II Trauma Center south of Boston, including the Cape and Islands. This means we are equipped to handle all critical injuries, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Our designation as a Trauma Center also means our team can be paged by paramedics before a patient arrives, allowing these specialists to get prepared to deliver critical trauma treatment when seconds matter.  

Ambulances transporting injured patients follow the Massachusetts Trauma Field Triage and Point of Entry protocol. This outlines that critically injured and ill patients are transported to the closest Trauma Center rather than to the nearest hospital, which may not be equipped to treat such conditions.

Stable and less critically injured patients from falls, car crashes and sports injuries also benefit from receiving care at a Trauma Center, because if needed, they will receive care by the same trauma experts and services. 

Our Level II Trauma Center offers 24/7 access to:

  • Board-certified trauma surgeons, emergency medicine and critical care physicians, as well as trauma-trained RNs, anesthesiologists, respiratory therapists, CT technicians and more
  • Specialists in neurosurgery, orthopedic surgery/orthopedic trauma surgery and more
  • A trauma team that immediately responds to critical injuries entering the Emergency Department

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