Trauma Center

Prepared to care for the most critically injured

The only Level I Trauma Center in the Midlands

Our dedicated team of medical professionals at the Prisma Health Richland Hospital Trauma Center cares for an average of 2,400 serious injuries each year. We provide total care for every aspect of injury, from prevention through rehabilitation.

Along with treating local patients, hospitals across 16 South Carolina counties send their most critically injured patients via ambulance or helicopter to our Prisma Health Richland Hospital Trauma Center, located in Columbia. We are an American College of Surgeons (ACS)-verified Level I Trauma Center, the highest ranking status a hospital can achieve, and we are one of only two ACS Level I Trauma Centers in the state of South Carolina.

Trauma patient referrals

Contact the Communication Center at Prisma Health Richland Hospital for consultation and patient transfers to the Trauma Center:

Injury prevention programs

At Prisma Health Richland Hospital Trauma Center we offer a variety of programs to address injury prevention for people of all ages. Our Project Ready program aims to educate youth about the consequences of  their choices. We coordinate a ThinkFirst program for children, youth and teens to show how to reduce risks of traumatic brain and spinal cord injuries. Our ThinkFirst Adult program works to help older adults to recognize risk factors for and implement strategies to prevent falls.

The Hundred Hands of Trauma

The "Hundred Hands of Trauma" was coined when a trauma surgeon reached out his hand to a mother whose daughter’s life was in jeopardy as they boarded the elevator for the operating room. Later, the surgeon stated, "Me reaching out is just one hand that she sees or that the family sees, but there's a hundred hands that are involved in the care of a trauma patient."

Prisma Health–Midlands Foundation trauma fund

Gifts made to the trauma fund are just one of many ways in which you can help Prisma Health assist the community members in their time of need. To find out more about how you can support Prisma Health Trauma, please contact the Prisma Health–Midlands Foundation or call 803-434-7275.

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