UCHealth Memorial Hospital Central joined Colorado’s elite hospitals this week in becoming the only non-Denver area facility with the state’s highest trauma care designation.

The hospital’s move caps nearly five years of work seeking a Level I trauma center, which only three other Colorado hospitals have. It also makes good on a promise by UCHealth leaders in 2012 to create the first such center in Colorado Springs, as part of the hospital system’s lease of city-owned Memorial Hospital.

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