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Center of Excellence - Trauma Services

What Is Trauma Care?

Trauma care is the medical specialty dedicated to treatment of the severely injured patient.


The Region’s Only Level I Trauma Center

Adult Trauma Program Director
Kayla Whiteaker, BSN, RN, TCRN, CEN
Erlanger Trauma Services
kayla.whiteaker@erlanger.org
423-778-6705

Pediatric Trauma Program Director
Mollie Triplett, BSN, RN
Children's Hospital at Erlanger
423-778-8396
margaret.triplett@erlanger.org

Inpatient hospital transfers:
423-778-8100

Outpatient non-emergency appointments:
423-267-0466

Download the most recent Trauma Services Newsletter

Past Issues
Winter 2017
Summer 2017
Spring 2017
Winter 2016
Fall 2015

 

Erlanger Health System provides the highest level of care for critically ill and traumatically injured patients. As southeast Tennessee’s only Level I Trauma Center designated by both Alabama and Tennessee, Erlanger is the comprehensive resource for a 63-county service area, as well as the tertiary care facility central to the area’s Regional Trauma System covering Tennessee, Georgia, Alabama, and North Carolina. This means Erlanger is ready to provide the most complex and highly specialized trauma care 24/7. Our Trauma Center is a comprehensive care system that includes: 

  • Dedicated Shock/Trauma Bays for treatment and stabilization
  • Dedicated Trauma operating rooms
  • 12-bed Trauma Intensive Care Unit
  • 8-bed Neuro-Trauma Intensive Care Unit
  • 21-bed Intensive Care Recovery Unit
  • 17-bed Trauma Surgical Unit
  • Inpatient Rehab Services
  • Dedicated Trauma Nurse Navigator
  • Care coordinators
  • Advanced Practice Trauma Critical Care Nurse Clinicians (Red Shirts)
  • Specialized Trauma ICU nurses
  • Designated Trauma Nurse Practitioner
  • Six full-time dedicated trauma/acute care surgeons
  • Rigorous Performance Improvement and Patient Safety Program 

High-Level Trauma Care

  • The region’s only trauma and acute care surgeons on duty 24/7 – with round-the-clock coverage for services such as orthopedics, plastics and neurosurgery
  • The region’s only Level I accredited hyperbaric oxygen program for wound therapy
  • The region’s only academic surgery critical care fellowship programs, training tomorrow’s physicians in the latest techniques

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