Marian Regional Medical Center in Santa Maria has been verified as a Level II Trauma Center, meaning it can treat the most seriously injured patients.
“It allows us to care for more seriously injured patients than we could have done in the past,” said Dr. Terrance McGovern, deputy medical director of the medical center’s emergency department. “We know that with trauma, it’s time sensitive. We know there is plenty of research showing that the sooner we get patients to definitive care at the local trauma center, the better off they will be.
The verification came after a review by an expert panel with the Trauma Committee through the American College of Surgeons, hospital officials said this week.
“Marian is incredibly proud to have achieved certification as a Level II Trauma Center and her ability to provide our community with comprehensive trauma care and 24-hour coverage of specialties, staff and essential equipment,” said Sue Andersen, President and CEO. officer for Marian Regional Medical Center. “Our hospital’s goal is to provide the highest levels of healthcare to our residents, close to home, and this audit is another testament to the dedication and passion of our exceptional team.
Types of trauma centers span several stages, with Level I being the highest and requiring a facility to have the variety of specialists to care for critically injured patients as well as research and education residency programs in place .
Level II also requires a facility to have the various specialists available, but it does not include the teaching or research program requirement.
“This achievement recognizes the trauma center’s dedication to providing optimal care to injured patients,” Marian Regional Medical Center officials said.
With more seriously injured patients able to be treated locally, it means they and their families can stay close to home for what can be a long period of rehabilitation.
“We are proud and excited to be able to offer this to the community,” McGovern said.
Marian’s new ranking puts him a notch below Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital, which received Level I trauma center verification and designation in 2017.
The Santa Barbara hospital received its Tier II designation in 2009, officials said previously.
Since 2011, more than 23,000 trauma patients have been treated in the Santa Barbara County Trauma System, according to a December 2021 report to the Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors.
The county system, Cottage Hospital Level I Adult Trauma Center and Level II Pediatric Trauma Center and Marian Level III Adult Trauma Center treated 2,590 patients in 2020, data shows. County.
Sierra Vista Regional Medical Center, a Level III trauma center in San Luis Obispo, is the only trauma center in that county, a spokeswoman said.