Level II Trauma Center at Natividad Medical Center

What is Trauma or a Traumatic Injury?
  • Traumatic injury is a life-altering event, affecting the patient, their family, and caregivers
  • A trauma patient is one with the most severe and critical injuries. Most injuries can be treated at a local emergency department, but in the case of traumatic injury, receiving treatment at a trauma center lowers risk of death by 25%

Injury Death by Mechanism Graphic

What is a Trauma Center and why is it important to our community?

A trauma center is a specialized hospital distinguished by the immediate availability of specialized personnel, equipment and services to treat the most severe and critical injuries. Local trauma care is a vital community service that saves lives and eliminates the need to fly critically injured patients to a distant trauma center.

What do the different levels of Trauma Centers mean?

  • Level I: Full range of specialists and equipment available 24 hours a day. Distinguished by research programs and trauma education programs.
  • Level II: Essential specialists and equipment available 24 hours a day to care for trauma patients.
  • Level III: Resources for emergency resuscitation, surgery and intensive care for trauma patients. Does not have full availability of specialists.
  • Level IV: Initial evaluation, stabilization, and diagnostic equipment available for patients. Has the ability to transfer trauma patients to a higher level of care.

What Natividad’s Trauma Center provides:

  • A highly skilled trauma care team in-house 24/7, consisting of physicians, surgical specialists, nurses, technicians and support staff
  • Excellent access for patient transport with adjacent heliport
  • High-quality clinical services to support trauma care
  • A deep, historical, and ongoing commitment to comprehensive trauma care services to all residents of Monterey County
  • Compassionate and respectful care while maintaining patient dignity
  • Trauma prevention education through community outreach

Trauma prevention is important, here are a few facts:

  • Each year, trauma accounts for 41 million emergency department visits and 2.3 million hospital admissions nationwide
  • Trauma is the leading cause of disability
  • Trauma is a disease. It is mostly preventable and associated with high-risk behavior
  • Trauma is the leading cause of death in people 1- 45 years of age
    • 45,000 - 50,000 deaths annually
    • Affects mostly the young and elderly

The economic burden of trauma is approximately $406 billion a year, including both healthcare costs and lost productivity

NMC Trauma Commercial - A Race Againist Time


NMC Trauma Commercial - CALSTAR


Natividad Medical Center • 1441 Constitution Blvd. • Salinas, CA 93906 • (831) 755-4111