About the Marcus Trauma Center
Simply put, Grady operates one of the nation’s best trauma centers.
Medical fellows and residents from around the world come to Atlanta to learn at our Marcus Trauma Center. So do military special forces medics who need to know how to efficiently handle complex, severe trauma cases.
We are one of the five busiest Level 1 trauma centers in the nation and the busiest in the Southeast with more than 9000 trauma activations. Trauma patients are routinely brought to Grady from more than 50 local, state-wide, and regional trauma and non-trauma centers because we have the experience to handle the most complicated cases and the newest medical technology to diagnose and treat the most serious conditions. Our trauma experts serve on the faculties of Emory and Morehouse schools of medicine. And, because Grady has one of the nation’s most active trauma research programs, we offer access to some of medicine’s most promising emerging therapies.
At Grady, every patient we treat benefits from the comprehensive medical services we’ve created for Atlanta over more than 125 years. That means we have the expertise to handle whatever trauma you’ve experienced and whatever complications that may arise. Our use of pioneering techniques has won Grady a national reputation for medical advancement in trauma care and areas like burns, stroke, diabetes, infectious diseases, women’s health, sickle cell, and other conditions cared for by specialists in our centers of excellence.
Grady’s Trauma Program is administered by a multidisciplinary team of more than 20 nurses, health information management specialists, and public health advocates that exist to improve the care of the injured patient at Grady and throughout the region. The Trauma Program facilitates injury prevention activities in the community, provides education to staff, conducts performance improvement and patient safety activities within our facility and in collaboration with transferring hospitals, collects data, and supports research aimed at optimizing Grady’s capacity to provide cutting edge trauma care.
The Grady Acute Care Surgery Service (Trauma Surgery, Emergency Medicine, and Surgical Critical Care) is made up of a diverse and dedicated team of 15 Attending physicians who are double-boarded certified in both General Surgery and Surgical Critical Care.
Our Attendings hold faculty appointments at both Emory and Morehouse Schools of Medicine, are involved in ongoing research, participate in injury prevention activities, and oversee the training of fellows, residents, and medical students. They are the leaders in trauma resuscitation and their collaborative relationships with one another foster an environment of trust and cohesive care coordination for our trauma patients.
Trauma experts designed Grady’s Marcus Trauma Center to handle every trauma case imaginable. Our facilities can accommodate a surge in injuries resulting from a mass casualty or disaster. The Grady trauma center has:
- Fifteen dedicated trauma rooms staffed by trauma-trained nursing and Emergency Medicine providers. Seven resuscitation bays and eight critical care rooms. All equipped with advanced medical and cardiac monitoring technology.
- Forty dedicated ICU beds and 79 dedicated Medical-Surgical beds.
- Round-the-clock staffing to handle critically injured patients when they need care. Our team includes board-certified critical care and trauma surgeons, anesthesiologists experienced in trauma care, trauma nurses, burn surgeons, cardiovascular surgeons, neurosurgeons, orthopedic specialists, ear, nose, and throat specialists, plastic surgeons, oral surgeons, interventional radiologists, and others who are available to provide rapid diagnosis and treatment for life-threatening injuries.
- State-of-the-art imaging – including Atlanta’s best rapid CT scanners
- Treatment technology unavailable elsewhere in Atlanta, including minimally invasive Resuscitative Endovascular Balloon Occlusion of the Aorta (REBOA), which uses a balloon catheter to control bleeding in the aorta, and thromboelastography (TEG), a method to test blood coagulation.
- On-site blood and plasma stores that enable us to match and transfuse critically-injured patients quickly
If you are a friend or family member of an injured patient being treated at Grady’s Marcus Trauma Center here in Atlanta, here’s what you need to know.