With the community's support, Cottage has assembled a team of trauma surgeons and nurses, emergency physicians, surgical residents, neurosurgeons, orthopedic surgeons and anesthesiologists along with the latest technology and sophisticated equipment. It all adds up to a Trauma Center that equals those found in much bigger cities.
"Our trauma bays rival those found in Level I trauma centers in the top teaching hospitals in Los Angeles, with equally superior state-of-the-art equipment and personnel to provide the best care for our trauma patients," says Kelly Kam, RN (program manager for Trauma and Pre-Hospital Care), citing a recent Joint Commission review.
Holding a Level II designation means that Cottage can pro¬vide rapid response and very aggressive treatment during the critical initial hours of trauma care. Because traumatic injury can affect more than just the body, Cottage's trauma team provides support through recovery. The team includes mental health specialists, social workers, spiritual care services, discharge planners, and rehabilitation therapists.
Additionally, the Cottage Trauma and Surgical Research Department was established in 1997 to promote significant, ethical research in the hospital setting. More than 25 clinical studies are being conducted in areas such as critical care, surgery, trauma, infection, and pain management. It's all part of Cottage's mission to serve the community and to provide the best medical care possible.
MARIA ZATE / PHOTO BY GLENN DUBOCK
Read other stories from the Fall 2009 Cottage Magazine here.