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Trauma Center

South Shore Hospital is the only verified and designated Trauma Center south of Boston.  To obtain this distinction, South Shore Hospital had an outside team of experienced trauma surgeons from the American College of Surgeons do a comprehensive review of the hospital trauma program and patient care provided.  This team of surgeons verified that South Shore has the resources required to provide optimal care to injured patients.  This is the second time the hospital has been recognized for its dedication and ability to provide excellent care to all injured patients including those with severe injured patients.

South Shore Hospital provides optimal trauma care by:

  • Around-the-clock, on-site, board-certified attending Trauma surgeons, anesthesiologists, and emergency medicine physicians 
  • Around-the-clock, on-call specialists such as neurosurgery, orthopedic surgery, and orthopedic trauma surgery
  • Around-the-clock operating room, recovery room, intensive care unit, laboratory, blood bank, radiology, CT scan, and respiratory therapy
  • A trauma team that will immediately respond to the Emergency Department. 

Trauma Team

Our trauma team is distinguished by their training, coordination, and on-site, around-the-clock availability of the following:Robert Driscoll, MD

  • Trauma Surgeons
  • Emergency Department Physician
  • Trauma-trained RNs
  • Radiologic and CT technicians
  • Respiratory Therapists
  • Anesthesiologists and Critical Care physicians
  • Laboratory technicians

Additional team members “put on stand-by” are:

  • Critical Care
  • Operating Room
  • Blood Bank
  • Pastoral Care
  • Security
  • Social Services
  • On-call specialists

Our trauma team can be paged by paramedics before a patient arrives, allowing the team to be in the room before the critical trauma patient arrives. 

Our trauma program is committed to providing optimal trauma care and education.

Click here for a list of American College of Surgeons verified trauma centers. 

Designation as a Trauma Center means that ambulances transporting injured patients follow the Massachusetts Trauma Field Triage and Point of Entry protocol.  This protocol outlines that critically injured and ill patients are transported to the closest trauma center rather than to the nearest hospital, which may not be equipped to treat such patients.  Stable and less critically injured patients from falls, car crashes, and sports injuries also benefit from receiving care at a Trauma Center, because if needed, they will receive care by the same trauma experts and services.  See frequently asked questions (FAQ) for Trauma Field Triage and Point of Entry protocol.

South Shore Hospital Trauma Center is committed to providing you and your family optimal trauma care, promoting good health by healing, caring and comforting.


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