(CHARLOTTE, NC) – Starting with a journey that began almost a decade ago, August 2023 marks when Novant Health Presbyterian Medical Center (NHPMC) became a Level II trauma center and Charlotte gained a new resource to serve patients with critical and traumatic injuries. This designation was awarded after a rigorous three-year evaluation process by the American College of Surgeons and the North Carolina Offices of EMS.

“This is a big deal and changes healthcare delivery options in Charlotte.” shares David E. Rentz, MD, MPH Department Chair and Medical Director for NHPMC, and states, “Since 2016, Novant Health Presbyterian Medical Center has served as a Level III trauma center and working together with the administration and trauma team, the goal has always been to build the infrastructure needed to provide an additional Level II trauma center here in Charlotte. We couldn’t be prouder to receive this designation and begin serving the Charlotte community.”

In 2023, NHPMC introduced a new, state-of-the-art double trauma bay unit, which, along with access to more than twenty subspecialties, allows providers to act swiftly in the case of a critically injured patient coming into the ER. The new trauma bay allows for “trauma activation,” ensuring patients are taken right to the room, assessed virtually immediately, and where the team can develop an individual plan for the patient all within the timeframe known as the “golden hour,” where providing these life-saving measures can make all the difference.

Dee LaDuke, RN, BSN, and NHPMC’s Trauma Nurse Manager, explains how this new designation has boosted a positive team culture in the ER by working together to support the larger county, regional, and state trauma system and serving these high acuity patients, sharing, “We work together best as a team and have enjoyed working with Dr. Rentz and the MEMA team on securing this designation for NHPMC.”

Dr. Rentz shares, “Working alongside the Novant trauma team for well over a decade on this effort continues to provide purpose for our MEMA physicians and it feels phenomenal to be able to provide this Level of care to the community.” Confirming also that all MEMA providers, including Advanced Practice Providers (APPs) at NHPMC are Advanced Trauma Life Support (ATLS) certified and showcases MEMA’s dedication to pursuing and supporting the Level II trauma center and the evaluation and treatment of injured patients that present to NHPMC.


Mid-Atlantic Emergency Medical Associates (MEMA) was founded in 1976. MEMA is a physician-owned medical practice of more than 120 emergency and acute medical care clinicians that serves the greater Charlotte and Piedmont areas of North Carolina, and the team that staffs Novant’s Charlotte-area hospital emergency departments. Learn more about MEMA by visiting our website at www.mema.net.