Natividad Medical Center met all required standards and will be designated the first level II Trauma Center in Monterey County.

Natividad Medical Center underwent a scheduled one-day trauma site survey on Friday, December 5th. The survey team reviewed the current state of readiness and compliance with the published trauma standards. We are pleased to announce that the survey was successful and that Natividad has met all required standards. Natividad Medical Center will be designated as the first level II Trauma Center in Monterey County on January, 5, 2015.

Level II Trauma Center coming soon to Natividad Medical Center

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

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






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