EvergreenHealth Receives Recertification as Level III Trauma Center

Kirkland, Wash. – EvergreenHealth’s designation as a Level III Trauma Center was renewed by the Washington State Department of Health (DOH) last month. To achieve this level of certification, the Kirkland-based health system successfully completed the state’s Trauma Designation Site Survey, which it conducts in eligible hospitals across Washington every three years.

As a Level III Trauma Center, EvergreenHealth voluntarily meets stringent requirements for education, equipment and care standards to provide high standards of trauma care for patients in its surrounding community.

“We are committed to upholding a high standard of trauma care as part of our purpose to enrich the health and well-being of every life we touch,” said Bob Malte, CEO of EvergreenHealth. “Accountability is a core value of our organization, and we continually strive to remain accountable to one another and to our community by delivering exceptional care and service to every patient who comes through our doors. Maintaining our designation as a Level III Trauma Center helps us to live this value and, most importantly, helps our trauma patients to achieve the best clinical outcomes.”

The DOH survey team evaluated EvergreenHealth’s emergency department, as well as other areas of the hospital including the Surgical Care, Critical Care and Progressive Care units. Among its criteria, Level III Trauma Centers must develop a multidisciplinary Trauma Quality Improvement Committee, implement an injury prevention program and have specialized health care providers immediately available to stabilize victims of traumatic injuries.

EvergreenHealth’s emergency department (ED) fulfills the state's criteria for 24-hour trauma emergency, operative and critical care services, while also meeting standards for prompt assessment, resuscitation, emergency surgery and stabilization of trauma victims.

Today, the Kirkland emergency department includes:

  • 38 treatments rooms, including four large trauma and resuscitation rooms close to the emergency entrance
  • State-of-the-art digital imaging available right in the ED
  • A trauma team including emergency physicians and nurses, surgeons, anesthesiologists, respiratory therapists and imaging technicians, among many others, always standing by and ready to go
  • Operating rooms with the latest technology available 24 hours a day

Washington state established a five-level trauma system in 1995, which today collectively serves more than 1.8 million Washington residents. Having a tiered trauma care system allows patients to receive quality trauma care closer to home, yet makes the highest standard of trauma care available to them at Harborview Medical Center, our region’s Level I Center, should they need it.

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About EvergreenHealth
EvergreenHealth is an integrated health care system that serves nearly one million residents in King and Snohomish counties and offers a breadth of services and programs that is among the most comprehensive in the region. More than 1,000 physicians provide clinical excellence in over 80 specialties, including heart and vascular care, oncology, surgical care, orthopedics, neurosciences, women’s and children’s services, pulmonary care and home care and hospice services. Formed as a public hospital district in 1972, EvergreenHealth includes a 318-bed acute care medical center in Kirkland, a network of 12 primary care practices, two urgent care centers, over two dozen specialty care practices and 24/7 emergency care at its Kirkland, Monroe, and Redmond campuses. In 2015, the system expanded to include EvergreenHealth Monroe – an accredited, full-service 74-bed public hospital district, established in 1960 in Monroe, Washington. EvergreenHealth has clinical and strategic partnerships with several health care entities, including Overlake Medical Center, Seattle Cancer Care Alliance and dozens of independent practices that are part of the clinically integrated Eastside Health Network and the Puget Sound High Value Network. In addition to clinical care, EvergreenHealth offers extensive community health outreach and education programs, anchored by the 24/7 EvergreenHealth Nurse Navigator & Healthline.

In 2017, EvergreenHealth achieved its ninth designation in the last 10 years (2009-2012, and 2014-2018) as a Distinguished Hospital for Clinical Excellence from Healthgrades®, and was again named one of Healthgrades 2018 America’s 100 Best Hospitals placing it among the top 2 percent of hospitals nationwide, based on its outstanding clinical performance. EvergreenHealth was also named one of the nation’s 100 Top Hospitals® by Truven Health Analytics™ in the “Large Community Hospitals” category for outstanding achievements in patient care, operational efficiency and financial strength, two years in a row. For more information, visit


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