NMC Holds Town Halls to Discuss Pending Level II Trauma Center Certification

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Salinas City Council and SEIU Local 521 Member Gloria De la Rosa addresses the crowd at the first of three town hall meetings.

The Community First Coalition and Natividad Medical Center partnered to present what will be the first of three town hall meetings aimed at bringing public awareness to the pending Level II Trauma Center certification NMC is scheduled to receive.

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Natividad Medical Center’s Trauma Prevention and Outreach RN II Kristen Spencer and Health Educator Enid Donato talk about NMC’s pending Level II Trauma Center certification.

Led by Natividad’s Trauma Prevention and Outreach RN II Kristen Spencer, with Spanish translation provided by Health Educator Enid Donato, the presentation explained the differences between injuries considered trauma and those requiring emergency room visits, and that having a trauma center in Monterey County gives trauma sufferers the best chance for survival.

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Interim CEO Dr. Kelly O’Keefe discusses Natividad Medical Center’s pending Level II Trauma Center certification.

In each trauma, treatment within the “golden hour” (the hour immediately following a trauma) is vital. In the past, trauma patients were flown to Santa Clara or Santa Barbara County to receive treatment, ticking on precious minutes when minutes matter the most. Now, with NMC’s pending distinction, patients will receive the urgent care they need within Monterey County.

Salinas Council Member and SEIU Local 521 member, Gloria De la Rosa and Natividad’s interim CEO Dr. Kelly O’Keefe were also present.

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As a Community First Coalition, we are committed to providing a voice to all residents and stakeholders that utilize healthcare services in the county. Our priorities include preserving and improving access to quality and affordable healthcare for all; protecting and strengthening the public safety net and ensuring a transparent process in implementing a new Trauma center in Monterey County.

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