Richard Kline, MD

Richard Kline, MD
Medical Director Trauma Services

Truly Exceptional Care

More than 2,500 patients each year will receive care for traumatic or life-threatening injury at Regional Medical Center of San Jose'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, San Mateo, San Benito and Santa Cruz Counties.

Level II Trauma Center-County Designated

The Trauma Center at Regional includes a four-bed resuscitation bay in 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.

Our hospital is served by CalSTAR air ambulance to transport patients from six county regions. It has the only Bay Area helipad certified by the Coast Guard for Blackhawk-grade air ambulance landing.

One Team

Regional has a unique partnership and relationship with all Emergency Medical Services (EMS) to deliver the best care to our patients,

  • Police
  • Fire
  • Ambulance (air & ground)
  • Military

We are truly One Team.

The Trauma Team

Patients are seen by a multidisciplinary team of highly-trained, experienced specialists, including trauma surgeons, trauma nurses, neurosurgeons, orthopedic surgeons, plastic surgeons, vascular surgeons, respiratory therapists, physical therapists, social workers and case managers. All aspects of care and all subspecialties in medicine are coordinated in the care of each trauma patient.

Emergency Services personnel identify patients needing trauma center resources in the pre-hospital system and are brought directly to the resuscitation bay in Regional's Emergency Department.

By providing truly comprehensive care for our trauma patients - from the resuscitation in the trauma bay through the intensive care and intermediate care phases - the doctors, nurses and support staff at Regional's trauma center remain committed to decreasing the mortality rate from traumatic injuries in the counties we serve.

If you or a loved one suffers a traumatic injury, you can activate the Trauma System quickly by dialing 911 on your telephone. Your call will launch a response team of trained paramedics to assess the patient at the site of injury and determine whether trauma center care is required. If needed, you will be taken to the most appropriate hospital.