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Designated a Level II Trauma Center

Our state designated Level II Trauma Center at Winchester Medical Center provides immediate care for severe and traumatic injuries. Our team includes board-certified physicians, advanced practice clinicians and some of the top specialists in our area. The Trauma Bay is staffed 24/7 with a team of dedicated, knowledgeable, skilled trauma surgeons, ED providers and specially trained trauma nurses. All entities of the hospital use state of the art equipment to ensure comprehensive, safe and efficient care throughout the entire hospitalization.

What You Need to Know About Trauma/Emergency Care

Minutes can mean the difference between life and death for a traumatic injury. A “trauma patient” is someone with injuries suffered as a result of a traumatic event, such as: motor vehicle collisions, ground-level fall, slipping, falling off playground equipment, hiking, bicycling and ATV accidents. Specialized Level II trauma team care is essential when an accident leads to a life-threatening injury.

Here are some things to keep in mind in regards to emergency care:

  • Patients with the most severe injuries / conditions are seen first.
  • The goal of emergency care is to provide the fastest responses to those who need it most.
  • Those with acute or emergent needs are seen first.
  • If your conditions change or if you are worried about the patient, don’t hesitate to speak with a triage nurse in the ER.
  • Space and time is limited in the emergency room, so numbers of visitors are controlled.

Virginia Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT)

At Valley Health, we strive to make our community healthier by working together with patients, families and community health partners. In collaboration with the Virginia Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) initiative, Valley Health has introduced a local program to help promote behavior changes among patients at risk for developing behavioral health concerns.

When you come to the Emergency Department of Winchester Medical Center, you may notice that your nurse will ask questions about overall health and wellness, including questions about: alcohol, drug use, depression, and cigarette smoking. After the nurses ask these preliminary questions, you may be follow up questions from one of our wellness clinicians. This is to make sure we are addressing as many of your healthcare needs as we can while you are here. From there, we might be able to help connect you with further resources. As with any other health information, all of your answers to these questions are confidential.

Valley Health Surgical Partners

In June 2020, the providers from Winchester Surgical Clinic and Trauma, Acute Care Surgery (commonly referred to as TACS) joined together to form Valley Health Surgical Partners. Valley Health Surgical Partners offers Level II Trauma care, general and specialty surgical care close to home. Expertise includes minimally invasive, endoscopic and robotic surgical capabilities. Physicians wishing to refer patients should call 540-536-0130.

To learn more about Valley Health Surgical Partners, click here.

Where Should I Go for a Minor Emergency?

Roughly 40 percent of emergency room visits are for injuries that are not necessarily emergencies, such as sprains, small cuts, and flu symptoms. To help address these needs while making time for the most severely injured patients, Valley Health offers Urgent Care in Winchester, Strasburg, Front Royal, Mount Jackson, Martinsburg and Ranson. Click here to view current wait times and check-in online.

Success Stories

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