SBCH Level II Trauma Center Earns ACS Distinction


The Committee on Trauma of the American College of Surgeons (ACS) has verified Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital's Level II Trauma Center for its dedication to providing excellent care for severely injured adult and pediatric patients.

Verification by the ACS's Committee on Trauma is given to trauma centers that meet essential criteria delineated in the "Resources for Optimal Care of the Injured Patient" manual, and follows a comprehensive on-site review of the center by an outside team of experienced trauma surgeons. SBCH is one of only 16 California hospitals to receive ACS verification for its trauma services.

In August 2001, SBCH was designated a Level II trauma center by Santa Barbara County Emergency Medical Services. It is the only one of its kind between Los Angeles and the Bay Area. The designation allows ambulances to transport critically injured and ill people throughout the county to SBCH, rather than to the nearest hospital, which may not be equipped to treat such patients.

At SBCH's Trauma Center, a team of trauma specialists is on call around the clock. Specialists include physicians, trauma surgeons, neuro surgeons, orthopedic surgeons, nurses, respiratory therapists, radiology technicians, and anesthesiologists. Psychiatric specialists, social workers, discharge planners, and rehabilitation therapists also play an important role in assuring trauma patients' recovery.

In 2004, approximately 1,500 patients initiated a full trauma center response. About 1,200 of those patients were admitted to the hospital. More than 50 of those critically ill patients were not expected to live, but thanks to the care of the SBCH trauma team they survived.

Departments, services, and specialties available to respond immediately to trauma situations include:

  • Emergency
  • Blood Bank
  • Trauma Services
  • 5 South
  • Radiology (CT)
  • Respiratory Therapy
  • ICU
  • Psychiatric Services
  • Angiography
  • Spiritual Care
  • Anesthesiology
  • Discharge Planning
  • Trauma Surgery
  • Physical Therapy
  • Neurosurgery
  • Orthopedic Surgery