Lake Charles Trauma Program

Trauma roomA LERN Designated Trauma Program

Memorial has been designated by the Louisiana Emergency Response Network (LERN) as having a Trauma Program, which is a crucial step in becoming the Level III Certified Trauma Center for Southwest Louisiana. LERN is an agency of the Louisiana state government with the responsibility of developing and maintaining a statewide system of care coordination for patients suddenly stricken by serious traumatic injury or time-sensitive illness (such as heart attack and stroke). It is a system also designated to serve as a vital healthcare resource in the face of larger scale emergencies and natural disasters.

Hospital participation in LERN is voluntary. Through the participation agreement, hospitals define the level of trauma care resources typically available at their facility and agree to routinely notify LERN of changes in the availability of their trauma care resources. The agreement also requires hospitals to utilize LERN entry criteria and destination protocols.