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San Joaquin County's Only Trauma Center Up And Running


San Joaquin County’s only trauma center is up and running at full strength after a partial shutdown last year due to a staffing shortage.

The trauma center is making great strides in improving the level of care.

The San Joaquin General Hospital Trauma Center now has three full-time doctors skilled in general and critical care surgery and another surgeon joining the team in August.

Additionally, three neurosurgeons, trauma nurse clinicians, and radiology techs make up about a 30-person trauma team.

Hospital CEO David Culberson says he hopes to raise the Level 3 center to Level 2 to provide more care for critically injured patients.

“We have injuries that are resulting from shootings and stabbings, but we also have a lot of industrial accidents," says Culberson. "Our No. 1 volume, of course, is going to be motor vehicle collisions.”

Culberson says the trauma center is important when time is so critical and with the closest trauma centers located in Modesto or Sacramento.

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Rich Ibarra

Contributing Central Valley/Foothills Reporter

As the Central Valley correspondent, Rich Ibarra covers San Joaquin, Stanislaus, and Merced counties, along with the foothill areas including Tuolumne and Calaveras counties. He covers politics, the economy and issues affecting the region.   Read Full Bio 

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