The Smith Level I Shock Trauma Center at Eskenazi Health will be hosting the 22nd Annual Trauma & Surgical Critical Care Symposium on Friday, Oct. 16. The symposium is designed to provide health care professionals who care for trauma and critically ill patients with an in-depth look at trauma.

The one-day conference will cover a variety of topics for physicians, nurses, EMS personnel and other health care providers, including a keynote session by C. William Schwab, M.D., FACS, professor of surgery at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania.

In addition, the winner of the Jay L. Grosfeld, M.D., Trauma Recognition Award will be announced at the event. This award, named for Dr. Grosfeld, Professor of Pediatric Surgery, Emeritus with the Indiana University School of Medicine who helped establish the trauma program at Eskenazi Health, honors an individual who has made outstanding contributions and shown great dedication to the care of injured patients and their families in the state of Indiana.

“My colleagues and I from The Smith Level I Shock Trauma Center at Eskenazi Health are proud to present yet another Trauma & Surgical Critical Care Symposium. This event will provide an in-depth look at trauma and the importance of caring for the critically ill. We know all health care professionals will benefit from attending this symposium,” said Dr. Gerardo Gomez, medical director of the Smith Level I Shock Trauma Center and chief of trauma services at Eskenazi Health.

The Trauma & Surgical Critical Care Symposium is hosted by Eskenazi Health faculty and staff each year, providing a unique learning and networking opportunity for area health care providers, from surgeons to nurses to paramedics.

Eskenazi Health treats more than 2,000 trauma patients each year and became the first verified Level I trauma center in the state in 1992. It remains one of only two adult Level I trauma centers in Indiana. A Level I trauma center is a comprehensive regional resource that is central to the trauma system. Trauma centers verified as Level I are capable of providing total care for every aspect of injury, from prevention to rehabilitation. Key elements of a Level I trauma center include 24-hour, in-house coverage by trauma surgeons and prompt availability of care in specialties such as orthopedic surgery, neurosurgery, anesthesiology, emergency medicine, radiology, internal medicine and critical care.Level I trauma centers are committed to injury prevention, public education and continuing training of the trauma team members, as well as continued improvement through a comprehensive quality assessment program and an organized research effort to help direct new innovations in trauma care.

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