Southern NH Medical Center Trauma Care Earns Verification from American College of Surgeons

Southern New Hampshire Health is pleased to announce that Southern New Hampshire Medical Center (SNHMC) is now officially verified as a Level III-N Trauma Center by the American College of Surgeons Committee on Trauma. SNHMC is one of only two American College of Surgeons (ACS) Level III trauma centers in New Hampshire, and the only ACS Level III verified hospital with neurosurgical capabilities. SNHMC earned this designation by meeting high standards in trauma care for patients with prompt assessment, resuscitation, surgery, intensive care, and stabilization.  

We are dedicated to the highest quality of care. With a focus on improving clinical outcomes, education, quality, and injury prevention, the American College of Surgeons sets high standards. We are thrilled to earn their Level III-N trauma verification, and proud of our teams’ efforts to meet these criteria and offer this care to our community,” says Southern New Hampshire Medical Center Vice President of Medical Affairs and Chief Medical Officer Dr. Joseph Leahy. 

The American College of Surgeons Trauma Verification, Review, and Consultation program sets the standard for caring for injured patients in trauma centers. These standards ensure each center has the right expertise and is immediately prepared to provide the highest quality of emergency trauma care. Many states use the standards to designate trauma centers in their region due to their rigor. Patients cared for in ACS-verified trauma centers have a lower risk of death and improved quality of life compared with patients in non-verified centers.  

By obtaining ACS verification, Southern New Hampshire Health has demonstrated that we adhere to the rigorous international quality standards set forth by the American College of Surgeons. We are honored and humbled to service our community by bringing world-class care to the residents of greater Nashua and the surrounding towns; keeping patients close to home when it matters most," says SNHMC Trauma Program Manager Jennifer Marcotte.  

As demonstrated by this verification, Southern NH Medical Center is committed to providing the highest standards of surgical care. This designation reflects our proven record of adhering to the most rigorous standards in surgical quality—to minimize complications, improve outcomes, and save lives. Our participation in ACS Quality Programs helps ensure we continue providing our patients with the best care possible. 

To learn more about levels of trauma verification, visit Trauma Center Levels Explained - American Trauma Society ( More information about the ACS Trauma Verification, Review, and Consultation program can be found at Verification, Review, and Consultation (VRC) Program | ACS (

Posted: 4/30/2024