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Trauma center

Trauma centers provide highly-trained physicians, specialists, critical care nurses and support staff who are available around the clock to care for your most serious healthcare needs. Trauma centers often provide burn care for individuals suffering from minor to severe burns.


Trauma unit in Ocala

When you have a traumatic injury, you need and deserve high-quality, expert care.

HCA Florida Ocala Hospital is a verified Level II Trauma Center designated by the Florida Department of Health's Office of Trauma. We are the first and only trauma center serving Trauma Service Area (TSA) 6, which consists of Marion, Citrus and Hernando counties. Our experienced trauma doctors and specialists provide prompt, critical treatment to meet the most severe needs and save people's lives in North Central Florida.

Types of traumatic injuries and wounds we treat

Trauma typically involves a wound or an injury, and our emergency team is prepared to handle most medically traumatic events, including those caused by:

  • Assault
  • Burns
  • Falls
  • Gunshots
  • Motor vehicle collisions
  • Sports

Our trauma center services

Our trauma center provides timely, quality emergency medical care to help you return to your life and adapt to any permanent changes.

Injury prevention

Injury is one of the leading causes of death and disability in the U.S. As a result, we recognize comprehensive trauma care includes injury prevention.

Partnering with local agencies, organizations and facilities, we participate in community-based interventions, events and activities to help educate the community on ways to prevent injuries or other trauma. Our Injury Prevention Program is dedicated to preventing injuries, deaths and disability, promoting our services through the following events and programs:

  • Save a Life Tour
  • Fall Prevention Awareness events
  • Injury Prevention Ad Hoc Committee
  • Ocala Fire Rescue referrals or home safety inspections
  • Matter of Balance workshops
  • Trauma Awareness Month
  • Professional community injury prevention education and outreach
  • CarFit
  • Advocacy Resource Center BikeFest motorcycle safety
  • Trauma Transitional Care Network

Trauma treatment

As a Level II Trauma Center, we are required to have trauma surgeons on-call 24/7. However, we go above and beyond these requirements by having trauma surgeons on-site at all times.

Our trauma surgeons are versatile physicians who treat all kinds of traumatic wounds and injuries. They can perform trauma surgery, general surgery and provide critical care through our intensive care unit.

What is a trauma center?

A trauma center is a type of hospital with trauma surgeons, neurosurgeons and other surgical and nonsurgical specialists who are available 24/7.

Trauma care network

We are part of a network of five trauma centers. This partnership between the University of South Florida and HCA Healthcare forms the first statewide network of trauma centers. The goal of this network is to improve access and outcomes of injured patients.

Increasing trauma care access

In addition to serving TSA 6, our trauma center also treats patients from Lake, Levy and Sumter counties.

The "golden hour" is the time period (of a few minutes to several hours) after a traumatic event when prompt medical treatment has the highest likelihood of decreasing disability and death. With our Level II Trauma Center, transportation to a viable medical facility decreases by 28 minutes — providing North Central Florida greater access to expert trauma care the community deserves.

Trauma Services

Ocala Hospital is a Verified Level II Trauma Center designated by the Florida Department of Health, Office of Trauma. Having a trauma center in our community takes everyone working together – hospitals, paramedics, physicians – to determine the best treatment plan for each patient.
A doctor laughs with several nurses in a hallway of the Emergency department.

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