The WVU Critical Care and Trauma Institute is the centerpiece of our comprehensive critical care mission at West Virginia University Hospitals. Established in December 2015, the Institute oversees and manages all aspects of adult critical care within the facility.

Led by Chair and Executive Director Alison Wilson, MD, the Institute encompasses J.W. Ruby Memorial Hospital’s Medical Intensive Care Unit (MICU), Surgical Intensive Care Unit (SICU), Neuro Critical Care Unit (NCCU) and Cardiovascular Intensive Care Unit (CVICU).

The Institute is also home to the hospital’s Trauma Department and Jon Michael Moore Trauma Center, an American College of Surgeons-verified adult (Level I) and pediatric (Level 2) trauma center, providing the highest levels of care and serving as a resource for the state and surrounding region.

At a glance:

  • The WVU Critical Care and Trauma Institute located on the 5th Floor of Ruby Memorial hospital in Morgantown, West Virginia
  • It is the region’s only nationally certified Level 1 adult and level 2 pediatric trauma center, one of only 100 American College of Surgeons Nationally-Verified Level 1 Trauma Centers in the entire United States
  • A leading provider of comprehensive tertiary and quaternary critical care to critically ill and injured patients throughout West Virginia and the Appalachian region.

What We Do

The Institute oversees care for the most seriously injured and sickest patients. Our highly skilled team of board-certified surgeons and critical care physicians provides advanced, leading-edge care for thousands of patients every year.

As West Virginia is home to high numbers of motor vehicle and ATV-related deaths, fatal occupational injuries, and accidental poisoning deaths (including overdoses), the WVU Critical Care and Trauma Institute aims to reverse these trends through research, education, outreach, injury prevention, and improved patient care.

The Institute provides these services in both pre-hospital and hospital settings in the areas of trauma, emergency care, and care of critically injured or ill patients. The Institute also offers expertise in the design and implementation of systems of care for the “sickest of the sick” patients.

What We Offer

The WVU Critical Care and Trauma Institute offers a full range of critical care services across the scope of health care specialties, including treatment of cardiac, pulmonary, surgical, and neurological injury; acute and chronic illness; and infectious disease.

As the Institute continues to extend its range of support for medical centers throughout the region, a focus on the use of technology is expanding telemedicine systems across a range of hospital programs. Telemedicine services allow outlying medical treatment centers to consult directly with highly-trained critical care specialists from remote locations.

“It takes a dedicated team of highly-trained professionals to care for our critically ill and injured patients. Our teams within the WVU Critical Care and Trauma Institute are involved in the highest-level patient care and are on the leading edge of trauma and critical care practice and education.”

Alison Wilson, MD, FACS

Executive Director, WVU Critical Care and Trauma Institute