By Kati Blocker
The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment recently designated UCHealth Medical Center of the Rockies (MCR) as a Level I Trauma Center, making it the first and only hospital in northern Colorado with the highest classification for adult trauma care.
Level I recognizes the hospital can treat severe and complex injuries, giving residents of northern Colorado rapid access to top-level emergency and trauma care without a trip to metro Denver.
“It truly takes a village to care for a patient, especially our most critically injured patients,” said Dr. Warren Dorlac, the hospital’s trauma medical director. “It starts with EMS and law enforcement in the field. Then at the hospital, it’s the nurses, doctors and technicians. It’s also everyone in the laboratory, radiology, pharmacy, the operating room, the intensive care unit, nutrition, environmental services, therapists and everyone in between.”
That “village” also includes the altruistic community members who donate blood at UCHealth Garth Englund Blood Donation Center in Fort Collins and Loveland. The donation center supplies blood products to Medical Center of the Rockies, as well as Poudre Valley Hospital, Greeley Hospital, Longs Peak Hospital and Estes Park Medical Center.
Learn more on how you can donate blood and save lives.