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LOS ANGELES COUNTY – Mayor Michael D. Antonovich and Supervisor Hilda L. Solis announced the selection of Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center by the Department of Health Services as the new trauma center to serve the East San Gabriel Valley.
“This is the vital first step in our effort to provide a designated trauma center to serve the residents of the East San Gabriel Valley and others needing trauma services in the region,” said Mayor Antonovich.
“After almost three decades without a trauma center in the East San Gabriel Valley, we are excited about this decision and are committed to monitoring and expediting all required actions to get this trauma center up and running as soon as possible,” said Supervisor Solis.
In 1987, citing significant financial losses, hospitals providing services to the region withdrew from the trauma system. Since that time, patients who sustain significant trauma in the East San Gabriel Valley are transported to LAC+USC Medical Center or Huntington Memorial Medical Center by either ground or by helicopter. Every year, over 1,200 patients have to spend the critical moments after an injury in a commute to a trauma center, which could be the difference between life and death.
While the Department of Health Services has tried to reestablish services over the past 28 years, the largest hospitals in the East San Gabriel Valley did not feel they had the available physician support or financial incentive to re-establish the trauma program. The designation process could take 12 to 15 months and will require approval by the Board of Supervisors as well as review and certification by the American College of Surgeons.