The mission of the OHSU Trauma Center is to provide the highest quality, cost effective care to critically injured trauma patients throughout Oregon and surrounding states.  This mission is accomplished through extraordinary commitment of the trauma surgeons, emergency medicine, physicians, nursing, and hundreds of physician subspecialists and ancillary personnel.  OHSU also fulfills the mission of excellence in trauma care through a comprehensive program of research, resident, nursing, rural provider education, community outreach/prevention activities, and a comprehensive quality improvement plan.  

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trauma gala 2019

Save the date:

This Celebration Gala honors the success of the Oregon Trauma System in saving lives over the past 30 years.  We will recognize trauma personnel throughout the region and give thanks to everyone who has supported trauma care for the past three decades.

Please join us in celebrating the past, present and future of the Oregon Trauma System.

Oregon Trauma System turns 30!

On September 13th we celebrated 30 years of successes as a state trauma system and thank everyone who has supported trauma care for the past three decades.

Oregon’s statewide trauma system is based on landmark legislation. The state Legislature passed statutory authority in 1985 under the leadership of then president of the Oregon Senate Kitzhaber, which was signed into law by Governor Victor Atiyeh. With the implementation of the trauma system in May 1988, two Oregon hospitals, OHSU and Legacy Emanuel Medical Center, were designated as Level one trauma centers.  Research comparing practices before and after this implementation showed improvement in rapid transfer of critically injured patients to Level 1 and 2 trauma centers as well as improved outcomes of trauma patients in general.

Oregon Trauma System Firsts

  • First state west of the Mississippi River to develop a statewide trauma system (1988)
  • First state to recognize the Level 4 Rural Trauma Center with limited surgical resources; later adopted by other states with a large rural population
  • First western state to develop a state trauma registry (1989)
  • First western state to develop a statewide Trauma Performance Improvement program (1993)
  • First western state to link the state trauma registry, data from vital statistics, hospital discharge index, Oregon Department of Transportation Fatality Analysis Reporting System data and state medical examiner data (1995)
  • First state to develop state-wide trauma practice guidelines based on ATLS principles of primary and secondary evaluations of the trauma patient (1997)

Senator Ron Wyden delivered his own congratulations and appreciation of Oregon's statewide trauma system's success which can be viewed here.

What a celebration! Be sure to check out highlights in our photo gallery