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McLaren Port Huron re-verified as a Level III Trauma Center by the American College of Surgeons
McLaren Port Huron has been re-verified as a Level III Trauma Center by the Trauma Verification Review Committee of the American College of Surgeons (ACS). This achievement recognizes McLaren Port Huron’s dedication to providing the highest quality trauma care for injured patients.
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McLaren Port Huron earns state designation as a Level III trauma center
The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services has designated McLaren Port Huron as a Level III trauma center.


Trauma is an injury to the body, often severe enough to require transport by ambulance. When people find themselves in this situation, there's no time to waste. Fortunately, McLaren’s trauma center is available to ensure the best possible outcomes when a life-threatening or otherwise time-sensitive emergency arises. Our elite trauma staff is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year to serve our community.

ACS Verified Trauma Centers

ACS Verified Trauma Centers are required to:

  • Maintain a well-coordinated trauma team and provide ongoing education and professional development for the staff
  • Provide immediate access to diagnostic tests and equipment to allow physicians to make rapid decisions regarding appropriate care
  • Conduct injury prevention workshops and offer prevention and safety information to the surrounding communities
  • Maintain a trauma registry
  • Continuously review procedures to improve efficiency and ensure that trauma patients receive the specialized care they need and deserve

About the ACS: The American College of Surgeons is a scientific and educational association that was founded in 1913 to raise the standards of surgical education and practice and to improve the care of the surgical patient. The College has more than 72,000 members and is the largest association of surgeons in the world. Longstanding achievements have placed the ACS in the forefront of American surgery and have made it an important advocate for all surgical patients.

Click here to view a list of verified trauma programs on the American College of Surgeons' web site.

Trauma Services at McLaren Port Huron

Choose St. Clair County's only State Designated and ACS nationally verifed trauma center

Why Have a Trauma Center?

The first hour after sustaining a traumatic injury is the most critical time, and therefore, it is imperative the patient is transported to a trauma center for treatment as quickly as possible. The amount of time from injury to receiving specialized trauma hospital care is critical in saving lives and decreasing disabilities.

Trauma is an injury caused by external force applied to the human body. Falls, resulting in severely fractured bones, motor vehicle accidents and violent acts, such as assaults or animal bites, are common causes of trauma injury. Major trauma is a life-threatening or potentially life-threatening injury. Traumatic injuries are the leading cause of death and disability for people under age 44 and the third leading cause of death in all age groups.

Trauma centers provide the level of care that can make a difference between life and death. Trauma care is one of the most complex and fast-paced areas of care that takes the skill of expert physicians, highly trained staff and a specialized environment to treat patients with some of the most severe injuries.

Our Trauma Center

From the emergency medical services personnel at the scene of an accident or injury, through discharge, the McLaren Port Huron Trauma Center plays a vital role in the survival and healing of severely injured patients from the Michigan thumb region.

Every hour of the day, surgeons, emergency medicine physicians and surgical specialists, as well as nurses and other health care personnel provide immediate care to trauma patients. Vital support services such as the blood bank, laboratory services and diagnostic radiology, as well as case managers, clinical social workers, respiratory therapists, physical therapists and other medical professionals are all part of McLaren Port Huron’s trauma patient care team.

Trauma bays equipped with the latest technology are available in the emergency center at McLaren Port Huron, where physicians and other emergency health care providers evaluate injuries, resuscitate, stabilize and provide emergency medical care to the most critically injured patients. Trauma Surgeons are available 24 hours per day to work with Emergency Department physicians in providing care to trauma patients transported to McLaren Port Huron.