In April 2013, CCH became the first and only hospital on the Central Coast to be verified as a Level II Pediatric Trauma Center by the American College of Surgeons (ACS). This achievement recognizes the trauma center’s dedication to providing optimal care for injured patients.
Level II Pediatric Trauma Centers must meet essentially the same clinical and resource requirements as a Level I Adult or Pediatric Trauma Center, primarily varying only in terms of research expectations. Pediatric trauma centers must have pediatric rehabilitation, child life and family support programs, pediatric social work, child protective services, pediatric injury prevention, community outreach, and education of health professionals and the general public in the care of pediatric trauma patients.
Additionally, the pediatric intensive care unit and the pediatric section of the emergency department must be staffed by individuals credentialed by the hospital to provide pediatric trauma care in their respective areas.
In May 2013, CCH’s three hospital-based outpatient clinics in hematology-oncology, gastroenterology, and endocrinology were designated Special Care Centers (SCC) by the state of California.
Among other things, this designation means that children with acute and chronic diseases specific to these three specialties will be able to receive comprehensive care at CCH, instead of having to travel to SCC-designated facilities in Los Angeles and other areas for treatment. One of the SCC designation requirements is that multidisciplinary teams be available at the facility to treat children who qualify for the state program.
Besides being more costly, having to send local children covered by California Children’s Services to out-of-the-area facilities meant that it was difficult for patients to get their needed care and follow-up. Continuity of care also potentially was disrupted as patients needing urgent follow-up did not have a local physician or facility readily available.