FAIRFIELD — NorthBay Medical Center’s new trauma center has received the endorsement from a national team of experts.
The American College of Surgeons did a survey of the trauma center Nov. 11 and 12 and gave the program its approval. Solano County Emergency Medical Services requires this approval for trauma centers to continue operating.
“This is just one more milestone in a very systematic, years-long building process,” said Kathy Richerson, vice president and chief nursing officer for NorthBay Healthcare, in a press release. “We will continue moving ahead to the next, higher level of trauma care for Solano County.”
Solano County has two Level III trauma centers, one at NorthBay Medical Center and one at Kaiser Permanente’s Vacaville hospital. Both opened in 2011, with the NorthBay trauma center coming a few months before the Kaiser center. The trauma centers can handle victims of accidents and violence who previously had to be transported to trauma centers in other counties.
At this point, the NorthBay Medical Center trauma center is the only one in Solano County to get American College of Surgeons approval, the press release said.
Both NorthBay Medical Center and Kaiser Permanente officials have said they want to upgrade their Level III trauma centers to become a Level II center. Solano County under state standards can have only one Level II center. Solano County Emergency Medical Services in 2013 will discuss how to award Level II status and it is working with the American College of Surgeons on the standards.
The American College of Surgeons is a scientific and educational association of surgeons founded in 1913 to raise the standards of surgical education and practice and to improve surgical patient care. It has more than 72,000 members and it is the world’s largest association of surgeons, the press release said.
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