San Diego – Scripps Mercy Hospital was recently verified as a Level 1 Trauma Center after an in-depth survey performed by the American College of Surgeons’ (ACS) Verification Review Committee. The trauma center verification recognizes Scripps Mercy’s dedication to providing optimal care for critically injured patients.
Hospitals seeking verification from the ACS are assessed by a team of reviewers with extensive experience in the field of trauma care. Trauma centers verified by the ACS must meet essential criteria that ensure the hospital is able to provide a broad spectrum of trauma care resources to address the needs of all injured patients.
“We are proud of our recent verification as a Level 1 Trauma Center, which confirms our commitment to treating and caring for critically injured patients,” said Michael J. Sise, MD, medical director of Trauma Services at Scripps Mercy Hospital. “The professionalism and integrity of our staff is evident in the compassionate care we provide our patients every day.”
Designated by San Diego County’s Emergency Medical Services and verified by the American College of Surgeons as a Level I Trauma Center, Scripps Mercy Hospital provides care for more than 2,400 trauma patients each year. Meeting the strict criteria requires Scripps Mercy to provide in-house, immediately available, expert care by a team of specially trained physicians and nurses.
Scripps Mercy trauma surgeons are readily supported by a variety of expert surgical specialists, including neurologic, orthopedic, cardiothoracic, vascular and plastic surgeons. Care is also enhanced by a multitude of medical specialties that include internal medicine, infectious diseases, pulmonology, neurology and rehabilitation medicine.
Scripps Mercy’s Trauma Service offers a trauma prevention education program. In addition, each year Scripps Mercy continues to pilot and partner on dozens of community outreach and injury prevention programs, ranging from training for U.S. Navy trauma nurses to programs on driving safety for seniors.
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.
Scripps Mercy Hospital is one of four hospitals in the Scripps Health system.