Tristar Skyline Medical Center has been approved by the state to become a Provisional Level II trauma Center. That means that TriStar Skyline is equipped to provide critically injured patients in Middle Tennessee access to medical care at a designated trauma center, which greatly increases the chance of survival.
Skyline is the second hospital in Middle Tennessee to have special resources dedicated to treat complex and life-threatening injuries.
Adding Skyline as a trauma center will reduce the amount of time and distance for a critical patient to receive lifesaving care.
The trauma program is staffed 24/7 with on-site trauma surgeons and other physician specialties are always available, including neurosurgeons, orthopedic surgeons and oral maxillofacial surgeons.
The hospital is equipped with specialized resources to care for the most severely injured patients, including a new helipad that provides immediate access to the emergency department trauma bays.
It's only a 90-second helicopter ride from Vanderbilt to Tristar Skyline. If for some reason Vanderbilt has an influx of trauma patients, they can be flown over to Skyline for treatment.
The American College of Surgeons recommends having one or two high-level trauma centers for every 1 million people. Davidson County and its surrounding counties is projected to reach a population of 1.6 million by 2016.
The state will watch over the operations of the trauma center for one year during the provisional period.