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Published on December 18, 2017

Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital Trauma Center Receives Level I Verification and Designation

Only hospital on the Central Coast verified at the highest level of trauma care

The Trauma Center at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital has been verified as a Level I (one) Trauma Center by the American College of Surgeons (ACS). This achievement recognizes the Trauma Center's dedication to providing the highest standard of care for injured patients. Santa Barbara County Emergency Medical Services and Board of Supervisors also have approved the hospital’s official designation as a Level I Trauma Center.

Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital is the only verified and designated Level I Trauma Center on the Central Coast between San Jose and Los Angeles. The hospital earned its previous Level II (two) designation in 2009.

Established by the American College of Surgeons in 1987, the verification program for hospitals promotes the development of trauma centers in which participants provide not only the hospital resources necessary for trauma care, but also the entire spectrum of care to address the needs of all injured patients. This spectrum encompasses the prehospital phase through the rehabilitation process.

There are four separate categories of verification in the program: Level I, II, III, IV, with Level I offering the top level. Verified trauma centers must meet the essential criteria that ensure trauma care capability and institutional performance, as outlined by the American College of Surgeons. Every hospital has an on-site review by a team of experienced trauma surgeons.

“Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital is the first hospital in over a decade to develop a Level I Trauma Center without the support of a government agency or a university. There is a long tradition of and commitment to trauma care at Cottage. Attaining Level I was a natural progression for a hospital that has long been the region’s primary resource for care,” said Dr. Stephen Kaminski, Medical Director of Trauma Services and the Surgical Intensive Care Unit at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital.

“This has only been possible due to the great depth of physician resources available at this unique hospital, the strong administrative support to develop programs impacting patient care and the philanthropic nature of the Santa Barbara community,” he added. “This achievement demonstrates that Cottage is dedicated to providing the highest level of trauma care for the benefit of the entire Central Coast community.”

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