In a hospital setting, trauma refers to serious injury or condition, sometimes life-threatening and often complex. Eskenazi Health is equipped to handle the most severe emergencies, including those resulting from falls, motor vehicle accidents, gunshot wounds, assaults and burns.

The Smith Level I Shock Trauma Center at Eskenazi Health provides the most extensive range and quality of trauma care in the entire state, serving as the first adult Level I trauma center in Indiana.

Verified trauma centers must meet essential criteria that ensure trauma care capabilities and institutional performance, as defined by the American College of Surgeons Committee on Trauma. The Committee on Trauma Verification’s Review and Consultation Program for Hospitals has certified that the Smith Level I Shock Trauma Center not only has the resources necessary for trauma care but also can provide the entire spectrum of care to address the needs of all injured patients, from pre-hospital admission through rehabilitation. Eskenazi Health has five state-of-the-art shock rooms, completely updated equipment and an operating room dedicated specifically to trauma 24/7.

Eskenazi Health's trauma team also strives to prevent trauma injuries through its community outreach efforts, education initiatives and violence prevention programs.

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The Eskenazi Health Helipad, located on the roof of the Sidney & Lois Eskenazi Hospital, provides direct access to both the Smith Level I Shock Trauma Center and Richard M. Fairbanks Burn Center at Eskenazi Health.

Inbound aircraft crews are asked to provide a pre-hospital radio report to the Sidney & Lois Eskenazi Hospital via Med Channel 2 or IHERN. The helipad’s weight capacity extends to 12,000 pounds.

The Eskenazi Health Heliport coordinates are:

  • Latitude: 39-46-41.00N
  • Longitude:
  • Elevation: 898.0 (surveyed)

Non-medical aircraft are not permitted on the helipad.

For general information about the trauma center, please contact 317.880.5045. Health providers with questions about trauma care at Eskenazi Health should call 1.800.4TRAUMA (800.487.2862).

This website is NOT for medical emergencies or medical treatment. For medical treatment, please contact your physician’s office by phone or go to the nearest emergency room. For emergencies, please call 911 or go to the nearest emergency room. If this is a mental health emergency, please call 317.880.8485.

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