San Joaquin General Hospital’s Trauma Center Advances To Level II Designation

April 2, 2021: San Joaquin General Hospital’s Trauma Center has been upgraded from a Level III Trauma Center to a level II designation. A Level II Trauma Center is one that can deliver and initiate definitive care for all injured patients. A Level II Trauma Center is one where a hospital demonstrates the ability to provide basic assessment, resuscitation, surgery, intensive care and stabilization of injured patients. The advancement to Level II designates a hospital’s exemplary trauma care and its proven ability to provide 24-hour immediate coverage by general surgeons, as well as coverage by the specialties of orthopedic surgery, neurosurgery, anesthesiology, emergency medicine, radiology and critical care.

The designation of a Level II Trauma Center is awarded by both the San Joaquin County Emergency Medical Services Agency and the American College of Surgeons (ACS). The accreditation from the ACS will come later in the Summer. This achievement recognizes the trauma center’s dedication to providing optimal care for critically injured patients within San Joaquin County. Trauma Centers not only provide emergency hospital resources necessary for trauma care, but also the entire spectrum of care to address the needs of all injured patients. This spectrum encompasses the Hospital’s pre-hospital phase through the rehabilitation process.

The benefit of having a Level II Trauma Center in San Joaquin County means that local residents now have the security of having immediate and accredited emergency care for all life threatening injuries. Trauma Centers provide a tremendous asset to local communities. San Joaquin General began a Level III Trauma Center in 2014, and through the years we have added the necessary staff & technologies to be recognized as a regional Level II Trauma Center.

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