San Jose, CA — Recognizing its dedication to providing world-class care for traumatically injured patients, Regional Medical Center of San Jose has been awarded reverification of its Level II trauma center by the American College of Surgeons (ACS). A Level II Trauma Center is defined as having the ability to provide initial definitive trauma care to all patients, regardless of the severity.

"Our medical center's distinction as a Level II Trauma Center is not only a testament to the high quality emergent care provided by our staff but also speaks to the value of serving as a team member with our EMS colleagues to the region we serve," said Tomi Ryba, chief executive officer of Regional Medical Center of San Jose. "As a Level II Trauma Center, our community can be rest assured that our hospital is in a continuous state of readiness to treat a wide range of complex traumatic injuries that require rapid intervention."

The Verification Review Committee (VRC) - a group within the Committee on Trauma of ACS - came to Regional Medical Center earlier this year for an on-site review. The onsite review and recent follow-up committee evaluation serves to verify the trauma center's efforts to improve the standard of care as outlined by ACS's _Resources for Optimal Care of the Injured Patien_t manual. Evaluation includes the entire spectrum of care to address the needs of all injured patients from the pre-hospital phase through the rehabilitation process.

More than 2,500 patients each year will receive care for traumatic or life-threatening injury at Regional Medical Center's trauma center. In May 2005, Regional was designated by the County Board of Supervisors as one of three trauma centers that comprise the trauma care system in Santa Clara County. Through a partnership with paramedics and air ambulance services, the system supports trauma patients from Santa Clara, Alameda, San Mateo, San Benito and Santa Cruz Counties.

The trauma center at Regional Medical Center includes a four-bed resuscitation bay within the 43-bed emergency department, in addition to an operating room available for trauma victims at all times and a 34-bed intensive care unit. All critical trauma resources are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, including lab, radiology, CT scanning, MRI and blood bank.

About the American College of Surgeons

The American College of Surgeons is a scientific and educational association of surgeons commencing in 1913 to raise the standards of surgical education and practice and to improve the care of the surgical patient.

The College has over 72,000 members and it is the largest association of surgeons in the world. Longstanding achievements have placed the ACS in the forefront of American surgery and have made it an important advocate for all surgical patients.