Riley at IU Health Verified as Level I Pediatric Trauma Center

Riley at IU Health is once again verified as the only Level I Pediatric Trauma Center in Indiana by the Verification Review Committee (VCR), an ad hoc committee of the Committee on Trauma (COT) of the American College of Surgeons (ACS). This achievement recognizes the expertise Riley at IU Health has in providing the highest level of care for children with traumatic injuries.

Of the thousands of children treated at Riley at IU Health each year for every type of illness and injury, about 1,400 receive trauma care requiring pediatric trauma specialists. The Level I Pediatric Trauma Center has the experience, knowledge, technology and training to treat the most severely injured young patients anytime that care is needed. Riley at IU Health has had continuous certification since 1995, a testament to the expertise and excellence of the Riley at IU Health care model and team.

“This verification is reflective of our team’s skill and compassion in treating our patients, and the incredible impact it has on the lives of children and families in the community,” said Paul R. Haut, MD, interim president and chief medical officer for Riley at IU Health. “Having board certified emergency medicine physicians and trauma surgeons immediately available means that we can provide the best possible outcomes for children suffering from unexpected injuries.”

Established by the American College of Surgeons in 1987, the COT's Consultation/Verification Program for Hospitals promotes the development of trauma centers in which participants provide not only the hospital resources necessary for trauma care, but also the entire spectrum of care to address the needs of all injured patients. This spectrum encompasses the prehospital phase through the rehabilitation process.

Riley at IU Health is recognized as the only nationally ranked children’s hospital in Indiana by U.S.News & World Report, ranking in 10 out of 10 pediatric specialties.