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Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center Recertified as a Trauma Center by American College of Surgeons

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Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center Recertified as a Trauma Center by American College of Surgeons

Pomona, Calif. – Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center’s (PVHMC) Trauma Center verification has been extended through 2025 by the Verification Review Committee (VRC), an ad hoc committee of the Committee on Trauma (COT) of the American College of Surgeons (ACS). This achievement recognizes the trauma center's dedication to providing optimal care for injured patients.

PVHMC received official designation as a trauma center by Los Angeles County in March 2017. Since then, it has become the largest, non-county trauma center in LA County.

“After answering the call to provide comprehensive lifesaving care to our community in 2017, this re-verification is a prestigious honor that demonstrates our continued commitment to excellence in trauma care,” said Richard E. Yochum, FACHE, President/CEO of Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center. “The hospital’s recertification is a testament to the dedication of our trauma team in providing the highest quality of patient care during critical moments when minutes matter the most.”

Established by the American College of Surgeons in 1987, the COT’s consultation/verification Program for Hospitals promotes the development of trauma centers in which participants provide not only the hospital resources necessary for trauma care, but also the entire spectrum of care to address the needs of all injured patients. This spectrum encompasses the prehospital phase through the rehabilitation process.

Verified trauma centers must meet the essential criteria that ensure trauma care

capability and institutional performance, as outlined by the American College of Surgeons' Committee on Trauma in its current Resources for Optimal Care of the Injured Patient manual.

The Trauma Center at PVHMC meets rigorous standards established by the ACS, including having a specially trained trauma surgeon at the hospital 24/7, eight trauma surgeons who are double board-certified in general surgery and surgical critical care, as well as elite orthopedic surgeons, neurosurgeons and 24-hour in-house anesthesia coverage. Additionally, PVHMC’s trauma center features:

  • Immediately available operating rooms
  • Staffed and available CT scanners
  • Trauma-trained nurses and technicians
  • Surgical critical care capabilities
  • Around-the-clock Blood Bank operations
  • Trauma Intensive Care Unit
  • Helipad for aerial transports

Learn more about trauma and emergency services at PVHMC here.