A Level I Trauma Center, as designated by the American College of Surgeons (ACS), Akron General Medical Center offers the technology, expertise and staffing to treat all injuries regardless of severity. Operating rooms, diagnostic services and trauma specialists are on-call 24-hours a day.
All emergencies are about recovery, but it's especially important to trauma victims. More severe injuries may require additional or specialized medical attention, now and in the future. Akron General provides patients with comprehensive care from the time of injury all the way to recovery. This includes treatment while admitted and after discharge, such as therapy and rehabilitation.
Our experienced rehab specialists offer inpatient and outpatient physical and occupational therapy for all trauma needs - whether it's for walking better, gaining mobility of the hands, improving speech and hearing or getting back to everyday activities. Through Akron General Edwin Shaw Rehab, patients and their physicians also have access to the region's only comprehensive, fully accredited hospital specializing in rehabilitation. More options, means the best trauma care available.
Our verification as a Level I Trauma Center also means that Akron General Medical Center seeks ways to help speed up and improve urgent care delivery through clinical research and education of healthcare professionals involved in trauma care - from the time of injury all the way to rehabilitation.
Our 24-hour on-call trauma team includes:
- Pre-hospital providers
- Trauma surgeons
- Critical care intensivists
- Orthopedic, neurosurgical and cardiovascular surgeons
- Specially trained registered nurses
- Radiologists and radiology technologists
- Respiratory therapists
- Operating room personnel
- Rehabilitation specialists
- Social workers
- Spiritual care department
Because Time is Essential
Getting life-saving medical treatment within 60 minutes - "the Golden Hour" - may sometimes mean the difference for critically ill or injured patients. Our partnership with MedFlight, an emergency ground and air transport service, allows physicians to choose the right kind of transportation to Akron General from 26 Ohio counties including:
Vehicles are staffed by experienced critical care nurses and paramedics and offer some of the same technology as advanced emergency departments and intensive care units. MedFlight also serves Grant/Methodist Hospitals and the Ohio State University Medical Center.
Disaster Planning and HAZMAT Training
Highway crashes, severe weather, chemical spills and fires are just some of the disasters that can strike our community with little or no warning. Now added to these is an ongoing concern over possible terrorist threats to our country and community.
As part of our mission to improve the health and lives of our patients and community, Akron General Medical Center works closely with other area hospitals, the Summit County Emergency Management Agency and local fire, law enforcement and emergency medical response agencies to prepare for all types of community wide disasters. Akron General Medical Center is the hazardous materials (HAZMAT) medical control hospital for Summit County and performs decontamination and treatment of hazardous materials exposures. We also participate in Summit County hazardous materials test drills and provide medical advisors for the City of Akron and Summit County HAZMAT units.
We offer the resources of the entire medical center to care for victims of community wide disasters, including our large 24-hour Emergency Department and our Level I Trauma Center. And we regularly review, test and improve our abilities to care for victims of natural and human-caused disasters, including chemical and biological threats.
Akron General offers both professional and community education courses on preparing for emergencies and preventing trauma.
Healthcare Professional Education Courses