A Message from the Trauma Medical Director
Dr. Michael Jimenez
After two years, sometimes one fails to realize the distance a team has
traveled. It isn’t until you are at your destination and you happen
to glance back that the realization sets in. Many mountains, valleys,
and long stretches of flat land needed to be traveled in order to arrive.
I think about the different individuals who took part and answered the
challenge to make Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center’s (PVHMC)
Trauma Center possible. Our Trauma team is composed of experts who have
moved in from across the county, while others came from different floors
and units within the hospital, and finally, some who traveled across the
continental United States to join the cause and the opportunity to provide
quality, lifesaving care to patients suffering from major traumatic injuries.
We’ve constructed a trauma program that can finally care for those
traumatically injured in this community. No longer will these patients
have to travel up to 30 miles to receive the appropriate medical attention
they require. They now have this care right here in Pomona, close to home.
Collectively, everyone involved did one thing in common; take a leap of
faith to help build the Trauma Center. As we stand, a trauma team was
assembled that guided Pomona to trauma designation and the winning of
the bid to become the 15th Trauma Center in the county – a tribute
to the infrastructure of the institution and a dedication to this community,
which spans a history of more than a hundred years.
A trauma consult visit was completed and we were granted permission to
complete our mission and develop our center. A new Trauma Intensive Care
Unit (ICU) is complete, our trauma bays are complete, and more than 40
new Trauma ICU nurses have been hired. The helipad was a large piece of
flat land and now, in the blink of an eye, a multistoried structure is
underway and nearing completion.
Many other nursing staff and physicians have been hired with various trauma
surgical expertise across the different subspecialties. The recruitment
that took place and the talented individuals who comprise our team could
not have been a better fit. This collaborative enthusiasm, creativity,
experience, and tenacity translated into a winning recipe and together,
were able to construct what we can call the Pomona Valley Hospital Medical
Center Trauma Program.
We are honored to be Los Angeles County’s newest Trauma Center, and
are committed to bringing a higher level of care to the region with our
comprehensive, trauma-related medical services.