Asante Rogue Regional Level II Trauma Center Status - Asante

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Published on February 28, 2018

Asante Rogue Regional Medical Center Receives
Level II Trauma Center Status

The only hospital between Eugene and Redding to offer patients this advanced level of care

People needing emergency medical care after being seriously injured or suddenly stricken by a life-threatening medical condition now have a Level II trauma center to provide the care they need close to home. Asante Rogue Regional Medical Center, which serves a nine-county region in Southern Oregon and Northern California, has been named a Level II Trauma Center — the state’s second highest level of trauma care by the state of Oregon.

Previously, many critically injured or ill patients had to be driven by ambulance or flown by helicopter to Eugene or Portland for Level II trauma care. “This new designation will have a major impact on our patients,” said Dr. Mark Eaton, trauma medical director at Asante Rogue Regional. “With trauma, every second counts when people need to be seen by a doctor to help them survive. Having Level II status in Medford means fewer time-consuming transfers for the patient.”

Asante Rogue Regional has been functioning near a Level II status for many years, even though their designation through the Oregon Health Authority was Level III. “We’ve spent the past few years operating at a Level II status in most aspects to demonstrate to the state that we could — and that effort has paid off for our patients. They get the expert trauma care they need close to home and family,” Dr. Eaton said.

Attaining Level II trauma verification has taken a lot of planning, preparation and collaboration with medical providers and EMS first responders. "Our medical community recognized the need for a higher level of trauma services to better serve our fast-growing communities," said Jackie De Silva, Asante’s trauma program coordinator. "We knew that residents here would benefit from an advanced level of care, so Asante began pursuing state-approved Level II verification."

To attain higher verification, Asante Rogue Regional had to undergo an extensive review process and have a number of health care professionals trained and experienced in trauma care. “We’re required to have 24-hour availability of a medical team consisting of specially-trained health care providers who have expertise in the care of severely injured patients,” De Silva added.

Trauma specialists include general surgeons with trauma and vascular training, orthopedics (including the region’s only orthopedic traumatologist), neurosurgery and cardiothoracic surgery. Additionally, Asante Rogue Regional offers the region’s only pediatric and pregnancy trauma-related care.

Another requirement is to have an anesthesiologist, surgery team and trauma-trained nurses on-site all day, every day. "With medical specialists at the ready 24–7, residents can be assured that we’re equipped to treat complex cases," Dr. Eaton added.

Asante Rogue Regional Medical Center completed its trauma survey by the Oregon Health Authority in November 2017 and received its official notification from the state in February 2018.

What is trauma?

Trauma is a serious injury or shock to the body caused by a physical force.
Examples of traumatic events include:

  • Fall
  • Motor vehicle collision
  • Gunshot wound
  • Stabbing
  • Burn
  • Drowning
  • Sports injury
  • Physical assault

Resulting injuries often include trauma to the:

  • Face
  • Chest, abdomen and pelvis
  • Spine and neck
  • Arm, leg and hand
  • Brain and head

Oregon Level II trauma centers

Asante Rogue Regional Medical Center, Medford

Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center, Corvallis

Sacred Heart Medical Center at Riverbend, Springfield

Salem Hospital, Salem

St. Charles Medical Center, Bend

Oregon Level I trauma centers

Legacy Emanuel Medical Center, Portland

Oregon Health & Science University Hospital, Portland

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As the largest health care provider in nine counties, Asante provides comprehensive medical care to more than 600,000 people throughout southern Oregon and northern California. Our facilities include Asante Ashland Community Hospital in Ashland, Asante Rogue Regional Medical Center in Medford, Asante Three Rivers Medical Center in Grants Pass, Asante Physician Partners and additional health care partnerships throughout the region.