Trauma care & services

Our South Sacramento Medical Center is the south area’s only designated Level II Trauma Center, providing  an advanced level of trauma care for those with major, life-threatening injuries.

Our Trauma Center is designated by the Sacramento County Emergency Medical Services Agency and verified by the American College of Surgeons, which ensures that we meet the most stringent quality standards for trauma care in the nation.

Patient testimonial

Nathan Morris’s life was changed forever by a brain injury that occurred while tubing down the river. He is grateful for the care he received from our Kaiser Permanente trauma team.

Experts in trauma care

Trauma care thrives in an integrated system where physicians, nurses, and staff work in an environment where communication, access to accurate patient information, and personalized care based on the best medical practices helps to deliver the best health care to the patient at every touch point.

Our  medical center is staffed 24 hours a day with a team of in-house trauma surgeons, anesthesiologists, nurses, physician specialists, and a full trauma care support team.

In addition, our Emergency Department physicians have trained at Level I trauma centers, as have other readily available specialists, including neurosurgeons, general surgeons, neurointerventionalists, neuro-radiologists, orthopedic surgeons, oral and ear-nose-throat specialists, and plastic surgeons.

And, with our innovative telemedicine technology, we can bring specialists from anywhere  in the Kaiser Permanente network to a patient’s bedside—effectively harnessing the power of more than 7,000 physicians, specialists and surgeons throughout Northern California.

Many trauma patients are transported to our medical center by ground ambulances and helicopter ambulances, which land on a helipad, just a few hundred feet from our Emergency Department.

Our spacious Trauma Unit, located in our Emergency Department, houses three high-tech resuscitation bays equipped with the latest medical equipment and technology.

Our state-of-the-art Trauma Center provides acute care for the duration of a patient’s injury or illness with in-house laboratory, occupational therapy, speech therapy, physical therapy and social services. And for patients who need extended rehabilitation services, our award-winning Kaiser Foundation Rehabilitation Center is located at our Vallejo Medical Center.

Experts in prevention

The Kaiser Permanente Trauma Prevention Program is dedicated to the promotion of healthy behaviors and the prevention of injury and death through education and outreach.

We have developed partnerships with local community groups, government agencies, and schools to focus on prevention and intervention strategies to reduce trauma-related injuries.

In 2010, we launched the Sacramento Violence Intervention Program, the first hospital bedside youth violence intervention program based in the Sacramento region.