St. Francis Medical Center has moved up a notch in its ability to treat trauma patients.
The hospital in northeast Colorado Springs has received a Level III trauma designation from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, the hospital announced Thursday.
The new designation, which goes into effect Aug. 1, could allow more patients to remain at the hospital, rather than being transferred to other facilities in Colorado Springs or the state, according to the hospital.
Colorado regulators classify hospitals based on their ability to treat trauma patients, with Level V being the simplest level of care and Level I being the most advanced (some hospitals go undesignated, and they must transfer nearly all trauma patients to another facility).
Colorado Springs currently has two Level II trauma centers: Memorial Hospital and Penrose Hospital. But the state’s only Level I centers are located in Denver.
No announcements have been made on whether regulators will award their highest designation to either hospital.