Banner – UMC Trauma Center Recognized for Expertise in Treatment of Injured Kids

American College of Surgeons Bestows Level II Pediatric Trauma Verification

Car crashes. Falls. Burns. Violence. Traumatic injuries from these and many other causes bring approximately 5,000 Southern Arizonans to the Trauma Center at Banner – University Medical Center Tucson each year.

Tragically, hundreds of these trauma patients are children.

Now Southern Arizona’s only Level 1 Trauma Center has been recognized by the American College of Surgeons Committee on Trauma for its special expertise in treating babies, children and teens with life-threatening injuries.

Trauma experts from the American College of Surgeons Verification Review Committee spent two days in Tucson this summer evaluating the hospital’s pediatric trauma service. Last week they officially awarded Pediatric Trauma Level II Verification to the Banner – UMC Tucson Trauma Center for its commitment, readiness, resources, policies, patient care and performance improvement.

“Taking care of children who are critically injured is a special challenge and privilege,” said trauma surgeon Andrew Tang, MD, medical director of the Banner – UMC Tucson Trauma Center and an associate professor in the University of Arizona Department of Surgery.

“Dozens of caregivers, from first responders and surgeons to pediatric nurses and therapists, must work in perfect sync and with the right resources to avert a tragedy. I always say that trauma care is a team sport, and that’s especially true when caring for kids.”  

Dr. Tang said the hospital’s pediatric trauma team spent a year preparing for the American College of Surgeons verification, a rigorous and entirely voluntary process.

Reviewers looked at staffing, availability of pediatric subspecialists, facilities, equipment, nursing, processes, support for parents and the entire spectrum of care for injured children, from the prehospital phase to rehabilitation.

“This pediatric trauma verification by the American College of Surgeons is a rare honor,” said Sarah Frost, chief executive officer of Banner – UMC Tucson. “We work hard to provide the best possible care for Southern Arizona children and their families. Our trauma center is the busiest in Arizona, and recognition like this makes us extremely proud.”

About Banner – University Medical Center Tucson and South

Banner – University Medical Center Tucson, nationally ranked as a Best Hospital by U.S. News and World Report, and Banner – University Medical Center South, are part of Banner – University Medicine, a premier academic medical network. These institutions are academic medical centers for the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson. Included on the two campuses are Diamond Children's Medical Center and many specialty clinics. The two academic medical centers are part of Arizona-based Banner Health, one of the largest nonprofit health-care systems in the country, with 28 hospitals in six states: Arizona, California, Colorado, Nebraska, Nevada and Wyoming. For more information, visit or