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During traumatic experiences, providing the appropriate care quickly is important. Genesis Good Samaritan Hospital is now able to treat and admit trauma patients.
It's a day that's been a long time coming for Genesis Good Samaritan Hospital.
"The hospital and medical staff is ecstatic that this day has come," says Dr. Stuart Chow, Medical Director of the Trauma Center.
Tuesday marks day two of the hospital being a provisional Level III Trauma Center. Previously, Good Samaritan could only stabilize a trauma patient who would then be transported. Now, they can provide that care locally.
"Genesis has been providing trauma care over the last five years, despite being a trauma center, we have the resources and the personnel to take care of trauma patients. Where being a verified trauma center now, we can actually admit those patients to the hospital. That's the key," says Dr. Chow.
The new center will help out the community in a big way.
"The fact that we're going to have a trauma center here now, where it's going to save people, the patient, the family, all money. They're not going to have to make that drive, they're not going to have to stay in a hotel or with friends. They're going to be able to do everything that they need to here," says Dr. Brandice Alexander, Trauma and General Surgeon.
While the Trauma Center will be able to provide care to the majority of patients, the more-serious cases could still require a transport. This includes pediatrics. However, the center is excited to bring this level of service to the community. They've already been put to the test.
"Our first day, we did have a trauma and it went really well. The hospital was excited, the personnel was excited," says Dr. Chow.
The Trauma Center will provide care 24 hours a day seven days a week with a surgeon on duty or on-call at all times.