Acute Care Surgery / Surgical Critical Care
About our ICU's-Trauma Center
Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center is the tertiary care referral center and Level 1 trauma center for western North Carolina as well as parts of southern Virginia and Tennessee. It is an 850 bed hospital with 61 trauma/burn and surgical intensive care unit (ICU) beds. The trauma center admits approximately 3000 injured patients a year. Of these over 500 adult patients require trauma ICU admission where critical care is administered by eight trauma surgeons with added qualifications in surgical critical care (SCC). In addition, the surgical ICU admits over 450 critically ill adult patients each year most of whom require operative intervention and critical care in the post-operative period of time. Wake Forest School of Medicine sponsors ACGME-accredited graduate medical education programs in general surgery as well as all other surgical specialties.
The Medical Center first received its designation by the State of North Carolina as a Level 1 Trauma Center in 1982 and this distinction has been recently renewed by the NC Office of Emergency Medical Services. The Trauma Center is also verified by the American College of Surgeons as meeting the requirements for managing severely injured patients as a Level 1 center. Both state designation and ACS verification have recently been re-approved.
Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center provides tertiary care to patients from a large region throughout western North Carolina with all types of surgical pathology resulting in a wealth of experience for the Surgical Critical Care and Acute Care Surgery fellow. Fellows are exposed to the breadth of Surgical Critical Care, Trauma Surgery, and Emergency General Surgery through this surgically diverse patient population. Advanced ICU and Operating Room facilities fashioned with state of the art equipment provide the setting for optimal education and patient care experiences. This is further supported by highly skilled members of the health care team with the common goal of providing excellent patient care from the time of injury/illness through the rehabilitation process.