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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.

As one of the busiest Level III trauma centers in the region, Valley provides exceptional care for injured patients and works closely with Harborview; the local Level I Trauma Hospital. We offer:

  • 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.

MAY is National Trauma Awareness Month!

Trauma Survivors Network 

Injury prevention is a core value of Valley Medical Center. Starting in 1988, President Ronald Reagan and Congress designated May of each year as National Trauma Awareness Month. Valley has been working diligently and focusing in the areas of Stop the Bleed, geriatric falls, pediatric falls, and motor vehicle collision prevention. Every year, a new national focus is designated which relates to injury prevention and raising trauma awareness.

Over the years the following have been some of the campaign themes of National Trauma Awareness Month:

  • Drunk Driving
  • Teen Driving
  • School Violence
  • Sports Injuries (General)
  • Sports Injuries/Concussions
  • Safety at Home
  • Falls and the Elderly
  • Water Safety
  • Head Injuries/Helmet use
  • Red Light Running

Browse our trauma webpage and links to see how you can raise trauma awareness and prevent injury! Feel free to share your trauma journey at the bottom of the page.

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.

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Top 3 Trauma-Related Methods of Injury

Patient Education Resources

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Reduce Your Risk of Falling

PhotoThere 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

Finding our Balance: Prevent Slips, Trips, & Stumbles

WA State Department of Social & Health Services
English | Spanish | Cambodian | Chinese | Farsi | Korean | Pashto
Laotian | Russian | Somali | Ukrainian | Vietnamese | Arabic

More Fall Prevention Resources

MVAThere 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:

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

  • Child FallsAlways 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:

Common Trauma-Related Diagnosis

Patient Education Resources

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shutterstock_623834840.jpg Click Below for YouTube video series from
Harborview Medical Center's Burn Center


200 Series - For Providers & Patients

BURNS 201: Initial Care and Debridement of Outpatient Burn Wounds

BURNS 202: Activity and Stretching Exercises for Burn Patients

BURNS 203: Care of Your Mepilex Ag Donor Site at Home 

BURNS 205: My First Wound Care

300 Series – Stretching for Patients

BURNS 301: Pediatric Palm Stretch 

BURNS 302: Hip and Groin Stretches

BURNS 303: Burn Elbow Stretches

BURNS 304: Burn Shoulder Stretches

BURNS 305: Foot and Leg Stretches

BURNS 306: Burn Hand Stretches

BURNS 307: Wrist Stretching

BURNS 308: Neck Stretches

BURNS 309: Face Stretching

300 Serie En Español

BURNS 300‐S: Actividades y ejercicios de estiramiento para personas con quemaduras (Activity and Stretching Exercises for the Burn Patient)

BURNS 301‐S: Estiramiento de Palma Pediatrica (Palm stretching)

BURNS 302‐S: Estiramiento de la Cadera y la Ingle (Hip and Groin Stretches)

BURNS 303‐S: Estiramiento del Codo (Burn Elbow Stretches)

BURNS 304‐S: Estiramientos para Quemaduras del Hombro (Burn Shoulder Stretches)

BURNS 305‐S: Estiramientos para Quemaduras del Pie y de la Pierna (Foot and Leg Stretches)

BURNS 306‐S: Estiramientos de la Mano (Burn Hand Stretches)

BURNS 307‐S: Estiramientos de la Muñeca y el Antebrazo (Wrist Stretching)

BURNS 308‐S: Estiramientos del Cuello (Neck Stretches)

BURNS 309‐S: Estiramientos de la Cara (Face Stretching)

500 Series - Burn Pain for Patients

BURNS 501: Burn Pain: The Basics 

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Click here to download a copy of this document

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Click below to download a copy of this document:

Drug & Alcohol Resources

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Sexual Assault Resources


Stop the Bleed

The # 1 cause of preventable death after injury is bleeding. With 3 quick actions, you can be trained to save a life. Valley Medical Center is proud to be one of many Stop the Bleed training sites throughout the US. See the Stop the Bleed webpage for more information.

For more information, contact Trauma_Services@valleymed.org

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Click the image above to visit stopthebleed.org