Scripps Mercy Hospital Sponsors San Diego Day of Trauma

From the Front Lines to the Home Front: Lessons from the War for Our Civilian Trauma Centers

San Diego – On Friday, Nov. 7 Scripps Mercy Hospital will sponsor the 2008 San Diego Day of Trauma at the Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice at the University of San Diego. The focus of the conference will be the lessons learned from combat casualty care in Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom. An outstanding faculty of leading civilian and military trauma surgeons will share or present the most important lessons from the war and develop practice recommendations in caring for the injured at our civilian trauma centers in the U.S.

The course director for the conference is Michael J. Sise, M.D., medical director of Trauma Services at Scripps Mercy Hospital, who recently treated wounded soldiers at the Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Germany as a representative of the American College of Surgeons.

Conference faculty for the event will include Stephen Flaherty, M.D., F.A.C.S., chief of surgery and director of trauma at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center, along with surgeons from hospitals and trauma centers across the country, including Walter Reed Medical Center and the University of California, San Francisco, as well as local facilities Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla and the University of California, San Diego Medical Center.

“Trauma surgery is an ever-evolving science that requires constant evaluation and adaptation,” said Dr. Michael Sise. “We are proud to bring together a wide representation of trauma faculty from across the nation to bring best practices in trauma care to the home front.”

Scripps Health operates two facilities with trauma services serving San Diego County: Scripps Mercy Hospital, a Level I trauma center, and Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla, a Level II trauma center.

The American College of Surgeons assigns Level I and II trauma center designations to hospitals offering a comprehensive range of immediately available, in-house services and expertise. The designation ensures that trauma patients receive the complete range of timely care available in their region.

Scripps trauma facilities treat more than 3,500 patients annually. With leading heart and surgical care available at these hospitals, patients are ensured that serious conditions receive the most effective, advanced care available.

About Scripps Mercy Hospital

Established in 1890 by the Sisters of Mercy, Scripps Mercy Hospital serves the San Diego and Chula Vista communities. With 700 licensed beds, more than 3,000 employees and 1,300 physicians, Scripps Mercy Hospital is San Diego’s longest established and only Catholic hospital.

With two campuses, Scripps Mercy Hospital is the largest hospital in San Diego County and one of the 10 largest in California.

Contact: Kristin Reinhardt
Phone: 619-686-3787
E-mail: reinhardt.kristin@scrippshealth.org