Valley Medical Center
Level III Trauma Center

Our Level III Trauma Center serves south King county.  We are a moderate to high volume facility caring for a variety of injured trauma patients. This includes emergency, acute care surgery, and specialty surgery services with an operating room available 24/7.
Top 3 Trauma-Related
Methods of Injury at
Valley Medical Center:
  1. Adults who fall
  2. Motor vehicle crashes
  3. Falls by children

As one of the busiest Level III trauma centers in the region, Valley Medical Center
provides exceptional care for all injured patients and works closely with Harborview;
the local Level I Trauma Hospital. As a level III center, Valley offers: 

  • 24-hour immediate coverage by emergency medicine, acute care surgeons, laboratory,
    radiology, critical care services, operating rooms, and anesthesiology. 
  • Other specialties include orthopedic surgery, neurosurgery, and OB/GYN 
  • Trauma prevention programs and continuing education programs for staff and the community. 
  • Injury prevention efforts with an active outreach program.
  • On site blood bank
  • Helipad

Click here to learn more about the care in our Emergency Department.

      History of Trauma System in Washington State

Washington’s trauma story began in 1990 with the Trauma Care Systems Act. Throughout the years the trauma system has grown with a Level I, several Level II, more Level III and many Level IV and V trauma centers throughout the state.

 SKC Trauma Map
                       For more information on the history of trauma in WA, click on the image above.
Patient Education Resources    

Adults who fall: Reduce risk of falling,
especially for older adults
There are five key ways to reduce your risk for falls:  
  1. Find fall dangers in your home and make changes to improve safety.
  2. Regular exercise and physical activity.
  3. Take good care of your eyes and make sure to have regular eye exams.
  4. Take good care of your feet, including wearing shoes that protect your feet.
  5. Review the medications you take for drug interactions and possible side
    effects that may cause dizziness or loss of balance with your healthcare provider.
The resources below can help you learn more about preventing falls at home: 

Valley Medical Center Resources (VMC)

Outside Resources

 Falls Flyer 500x647 
                  Click on the image above to print a full-size copy of this image.
                         CLICK HERE to print the same document in Spanish.


Motor Vehicle Crashes     MVA

There are 3 main types of distracted driving:  
  1. Visual: taking your eyes off the road
  2. Physical: taking your hands off the wheel
  3. Mental: taking your mind off driving

The resources below can help you learn more about safe driving:

Falls by Children     
 Child Falls
A few small precautions (from King County Public Health) can save a child's life:  

  • Always watch small children closely. 
  • Never open windows more than 4 inches. 
  • Open windows from the top down, if possible. 
  • Move furniture away from windows. 
  • Install window stops or child-safety window guards. 
  • Never rely on window screens to keep children from
    falling out a window. 
  • Screens are designed to pop out for fire safety—the
    weight of a toddler can easily push through a screen. 
The resources below can help you learn more about keeping your
children safe from injuries at home, in and around the car, and at play: