What is Trauma?
Trauma is an injury caused by external forces applied to the body. Injury can be as a result of many different mechanisms such as motor vehicle crashes, sports injuries and acts of violence such as shootings, stabbings and assault. Serious injury can lead to long term disability and even death.
What is a Trauma Center?
A trauma center is a hospital that provides comprehensive specialized care to seriously injured patients. Trauma care begins with pre-hospital and emergency resuscitation, and continues with surgical services, intensive care, acute care and rehabilitation services. Physicians and staff are educated in the management of injured patients through all phases of care.
Mercy San Juan Medical Center is committed to excellence in the care of seriously injured patients. Services of specially trained physicians and staff, ancillary services such as imaging and blood bank, and operating rooms with specialized equipment are promptly available 24 hours a day to meet the needs of our injured patients.
The American College of Surgeons, through a rigorous evaluation process, has verified that Mercy San Juan Medical Center meets the criteria for a Level II Trauma Center. This verification has been in place continuously since 2000, with the most recent re-verification in 2012.
Excellence in the care of injured patients includes a commitment to injury prevention. The Injury Prevention Program at Mercy San Juan Medical Center reaches out to the community in many ways to inform and educate about the causes of injury and methods of prevention.