I’ve often written about the importance of a mature trauma system and how it’s important to the rural/tribal areas of Arizona for better access to care for injured patients.  Since my last blog on trauma, we’ve welcomed Banner Del Webb Medical Center, Payson Regional Medical Center, Mt. Graham Medical Center, and Yavapai Regional Medical Center as Level IV trauma centers.   

Chandler Regional Medical Center will go live with their trauma program later this month as a “provisional status” Level I trauma center in the East valley area. For quite some time, East valley community leaders have expressed the need for a high level trauma center there to accommodate the large growth in population and this new Level I facility will help satisfy their community need.