Alhambra , CA United States

Los Angeles County’s 15th Trauma Center Serves the East San Gabriel Valley–including Alhambra

 (Pomona, CA – March 1, 2017) – Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center (PVHMC) announced today that it has received its Adult Trauma Center designation. The  Trauma Center provides comprehensive life-saving treatment to victims of car accidents, falls and others with severe, traumatic injuries in the East San Gabriel Valley.

“The Hospital’s Trauma Center designation is a tremendous achievement,” said Richard E. Yochum, FACHE, President and CEO. “The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, our business and community leaders and Hospital team worked tirelessly over the past two years to bring expert trauma care back to the region. We all share a deep commitment to ensuring the health care needs of our community are met.”

Previously, trauma patients were transported more than 25 miles to receive treatment at the nearest Trauma Center.

“In a trauma situation, time to treatment can literally mean life or death,” said Dr. Michael Jimenez, Trauma Medical Director. “With the addition of the state-of-the-art Trauma Center, we can now deliver appropriate and immediate treatment to trauma victims close to home.”

PVHMC estimates that they will care for 1,000-2,000 trauma patients annually.

The Hospital  recruited a highly trained team of eight trauma surgeons, who provide round-the-clock surgical staffing for the Trauma Center and are double board-certified in General Surgery and Surgical Critical Care. The trauma surgeons are supported by elite orthopedic surgeons, neurosurgeons and 24-hour in-house anesthesia coverage.

In preparation for the Trauma Center, the Hospital underwent major capital improvements including:

  • An expanded Emergency Department to add 23 additional beds and a two-bed trauma bay;
  • A Trauma Intensive Care Unit with twelve beds; and
  • A conveniently located new parking structure equipped with a helipad for aerial transports

Along with its capital improvements, the Hospital has invested in new technology to expedite care and communication among the trauma team.  All trauma team members carry hand-held devices to receive immediate notification when a trauma patient is en route to the Trauma Center. Mounted screens in the trauma bay allow radiology to immediately project images, so that trauma surgeons can make a quick diagnosis.

While the Trauma Center is not designated to treat pediatric trauma patients, it will never turn one away. Pediatric trauma patients that arrive at PVHMC will be stabilized in the Emergency Department trauma bay or Operating Room and then be transported to a Pediatric Intensive Care Unit. PVHMC’s Emergency Department (ED) is approved for pediatrics and requires all ED nurses to have additional pediatric training.

Beyond treating trauma patients, the Hospital is implementing an injury prevention program. Treating trauma patients is only half of the trauma team’s role. The other fifty percent is educating the community about injury prevention to decrease the incidence of trauma.

The opening of the Trauma Center created approximately 140 new health care jobs to the region.

About Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center

Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center is a 437-bed, acute care, nationally accredited not-for-profit medical center serving eastern Los Angeles and western San Bernardino counties. In 2015, PVHMC achieved The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® for advanced certification in inpatient diabetes care, palliative care, sepsis and total joint replacement. In 2014, PVHMC was recognized by Healthgrades as one of America’s 100 Best Hospitals for Cardiac Surgery, Coronary Interventions and Cardiac Care, and was announced as one of only four hospitals in California to achieve Excellence Awards in Cardiac Surgery, Coronary Interventions and Cardiac Care and three Top 100 designations listed previously. PVHMC is also a recipient of the prestigious Baby- Friendly designation. For more information, visit: www.pvhmc.org.

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