Many hospitals have an emergency room to deal with various types of injuries someone may experience. But, these same hospitals may not be equipped to help if someone is severely injured. As a result, the American College of Surgeons Committee on Trauma has come up with terminology that indicates what a hospital is capable of providing on an emergency care basis. This committee refers to hospitals as trauma centers and classifies them into one of five levels: Level I to Level IV and unspecfied. A Level I trauma center is the highest possible ranking and provides the highest level of trauma care while Level IV trauma centers provide initial trauma care and then transfer the patient to another hospital providing a higher level of trauma care if necessary. Unspecified means that the hospital has not applied for a designation – it does not mean that the hospital is incapable of providing trauma care.
The following pages list each hospital in each New England State by trauma level: