Santa Clara Valley Medical Center is the Only Level 1 Trauma Center in San Jose

Program meets or exceeds guidelines for care and expertise

May 15, 2019

Santa Clara County, CA.  The Trauma Center at Santa Clara Valley Medical Center has been re-verified as a Level 1 Trauma Center, the highest possible level, for adults. The Committee on Trauma of the American College of Surgeons (ACS) recognizes the Trauma Center’s dedication to providing optimal care for injured patients. 

The Trauma Center at SCVMC is one of five Level I trauma centers and one of three pediatric trauma centers in northern California. It is also the only trauma center in the Bay Area providing comprehensive care that includes a federally designated Spinal Cord Injury Center, Traumatic Brain Injury Center, ACS verified Burn Center, and nationally recognized Rehabilitation Center. With these comprehensive specialty services, the Trauma Center at Santa Clara Valley Medical Center is uniquely qualified to provide both immediate and longer-term care to save live and limb.

Verified trauma centers must demonstrate they provide the hospital resources necessary for trauma care; and deliver the entire spectrum of care to address the needs of all injured patients. This spectrum includes the prehospital phase through the rehabilitation process.  Verified trauma centers meet the essential criteria that ensure trauma care capability and demonstrate a commitment to providing the highest quality trauma care for all patients. 

“This accomplishment showcases the work of our incredible Trauma Center team,” commented Paul E. Lorenz, CEO of SCVMC. “Because of the range of services and the quality of care the team provides, we save lives and help patients realize the best outcomes possible.”

SCVMC has treated trauma patients since 1876 when it was first founded to care for the ill and injured of Santa Clara County, and has been a Level 1 designated trauma center since 1986. Having always cared for injured children, verification as a Level II Pediatric Trauma Center was given in 2010. 

The verification process assures the community served by SCVMC that the trauma program meets or exceeds the strict guidelines for trauma patient care and trauma expertise.  The review takes place every three years and involves an inspection of the facility and review of trauma protocols, staff credentials and quality of care. The reviewers visit all areas in which a trauma patient may be cared for. 

“A successful survey reflects the commitment and exceptional work of every department and service of the hospital,” said Dr. Della Garland, SCVMC Trauma Director. “We are extremely fortunate to have such highly skilled, trained and dedicated professionals, saving lives every day.”



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