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Deaconess to drop trauma care: All critical injuries would be treated at Sacred Heart

John Stucke

The Spokesman-Review

SPOKANE, Wash. - Deaconess Medical Center intends to stop serving as a major trauma hospital this year, leaving the business of treating people critically wounded in violent crashes, accidents and crimes to competitor Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center.

Deaconess said it would continue to offer emergency room services for people with less serious injuries.

"Emergency medicine would remain an integral part of our hospital," Deaconess spokeswoman Christine Varela said. "We see it as our front door to the community."

The move away from trauma care would be a major change, leaving Sacred Heart as the only major trauma center in Spokane starting in the fall.

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