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Trauma Centers

Key highlights of trauma and injury prevention for the state of Indiana are:

  • Injury is the leading cause of death for Hoosiers under the age of 45 and the fifth leading cause of death for Hoosiers of all ages.
  • Problems posed by injury are most acute in our rural areas.
  • A major way that states address the problem of trauma is through the design, implementation and oversight of a statewide trauma system. The IDOH has that statutory responsibility in Indiana.
  • Indiana has in place several elements of a statewide trauma system, but we don’t yet have what can honestly be described as a “system.” Other challenges with our current approach to trauma include:
    • We don’t have enough EMS providers, especially in rural areas.
    • There aren’t enough trauma centers.
    • At the state level, not all components of the trauma system are located in the same state agency.

    See the Trauma White Paper for more information about the trauma system in Indiana.

Indiana Trauma Transfer Guideline

Indiana Trauma Transfer Guideline Document

Map of Indiana's Trauma Centers

Select a county to view locations

Indiana relies upon the American College of Surgeons — Committee on Trauma (ACS-COT) to verify trauma centers. Currently, there are 22 adult verified trauma centers, 5 pediatric verified trauma centers in Indiana.

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Indiana Trauma Center Access: Areas Within a 45 Minute Drive

Critical Access Hospitals in Indiana

County Name Here

Fort Wayne

Lutheran Hospital of Indiana
Adult Designation: Level II
Pediatric Designation: Level II

Parkview Regional Medical Center
Adult Designation: Level II
Pediatric Designation: Level II


IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital
Adult Designation: Level III


Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center
Adult Designation: Level III


Elkhart General Hospital
Adult Designation: Level III


Good Samaritan Hospital
Adult Designation: Level III

Crown Point

Franciscan Health-Crown Point
Adult Designation: Level III


Community Hospital Anderson
Adult Designation: Level III

Ascension St. Vincent Anderson Regional Hospital
Adult Designation: Level III


Ascension St. Vincent Indianapolis Hospital
Adult Designation: Level I

Eskenazi Health
Adult Designation: Level I

IU Health Methodist Hospital
Adult Designation: Level I

Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health
Pediatric Designation: Level I

Peyton Manning Children's Hospital - Ascension St. Vincent
Pediatric Designation: Level I

Franciscan Health 
Adult Designation: Level III


IU Health Bloomington Hospital
Adult Designation: Level III

South Bend

Memorial Hospital of South Bend
Adult Designation: Level II


Franciscan Health-Lafayette East
Adult Designation: Level III

IU Health Arnett Hospital
Adult Designation: Level III


Deaconess Midtown Hospital
Adult Designation: Level II

Ascension St. Vincent Evansville
Adult Designation: Level II
Pediatric Designation: Level II

Terre Haute

Terre Haute Regional
Adult Designation: Level III

Union Hospital
Adult Designation: Level III


Reid Health
Adult Designation: Level III

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ACS Verification Process

Hospitals in Indiana that are working on becoming a verified trauma center can apply (under Destination Guide) to become "In the Process of ACS Verification" trauma center status for purposes of the Triage and Transport Rule.  Currently, there is one "In the Process" trauma centers in Indiana:

Trauma Center NameLocationAdult DesignationPediatric Designation

Please note: To be considered for "in the process of ACS verification", please submit your application to IDHS 30 days prior to the next Indiana State Trauma Care Committee (ISTCC) meeting.  Click here to see the dates of ISTCC meetings for 2023.

"In The Process"

The EMS Commission’s Triage and Transport Rule requires the most severely injured patients to be taken to a trauma center.  For the purposes of the rule, a trauma center is defined as a hospital that is verified by the American College of Surgeons (ACS), a hospital that is state designated as a trauma center – such as in Illinois who doesn’t use the ACS to verify trauma centers, or a hospital that is “in the process” of becoming a trauma center.  This last phrase was added to allow hospitals that want to become trauma centers the opportunity to receive the patients necessary to show a track record of excellent trauma care required for the ACS verification process.

The EMS Commission has posted the forms necessary to apply to become an “in the process” hospital.  By filling out these forms and submitting them to the EMS Commission, members of the Indiana State Trauma Care Committee will review these documents and make a recommendation to the State Health Commissioner who will make the final recommendation to the EMS Commission who will then respond to the applicant regarding their “in the process” designation.  Approval by the EMS Commission will define a hospital as a Trauma Center for purposes of the Triage and Transport Rule allowing any EMS Provider to take trauma patients to your facility.

The form can be found on their web site, located here.

Please mail complete packet to:

EMS Certifications
Indiana Department of Homeland Security
302 West Washington Street, Room W246
Indianapolis, IN 46204

Rural Trauma Team Development Course Information

The Rural Trauma Team Development Course (RTTDC) emphasizes the important role of smaller, often rural, non-trauma hospitals in the overall state trauma system.  The RTTDC program covers key concepts in the triage of trauma patients, including the decision whether the hospital can meet the patient’s needs or needs to transfer the patient to a trauma center.  Understanding everyone’s role in a statewide trauma system is crucial in providing good care to trauma patients, especially in light of the fact that at least 60% of all trauma deaths occur in areas where only 25% of the population lives.

If your facility is interested in participating in the RTTDC program with a nearby trauma center, please contact the IDOH ( or your nearest trauma center:

Deaconess Hospital

Dara Dilger
Trauma Program Manager

Eskenazi Health

Sherri Marley
Trauma Program Manager

IU Health – Methodist Hospital

Catana Philipps
Nursing Professional Development Practitioner

Lutheran Hospital

Andrew Stimpson
Injury Prevention Coordinator

Memorial Hospital South Bend

Sarah Fox
Trauma Program Manager

Parkview Regional Medical Center

Lisa Hollister
Trauma Program Manager

Ascension St. Vincent Evansville

Marie Stewart
Injury Prevention/Trauma Education/Outreach Coordinator - Trauma Services

Ascension St. Vincent Hospital

Kristin Wagner or Colleen Groves
Trauma Injury Prevention, Education & Outreach Coordinators

Terre Haute Regional Hospital

Contact Information

Brain Busching, Director
Trauma and Injury Prevention