Sacred Heart to become sole provider of Level II trauma care - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Sacred Heart to become sole provider of Level II trauma care

SPOKANE, Wash. - Starting Saturday, Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center and Children's Hospital will be the Inland Northwest's sole provider of Level II Trauma Care. In addition, the only hospitals accepting Level III designated trauma patients in Spokane are Providence Holy Family Hospital and Community Health System's Valley Hospital & Medical Center.

Sacred Heart Medical Center has been working with Spokane County's Emergency Medical Services council, and according to officials, revised protocols have been put in place for emergency responders. That's so patients may be directed to the most appropriate facility.

All patients who have multiple-system injuries requiring Level II care will be taken to Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center & Children's Hospital.

According to Sacred Heart officials, a full staff of specialized physicians, surgeons and specially trained staff who treat adults, as well as children, are part of Providence's team to treat patients in emergency and trauma situations 365 days a year.

Officials add that trauma is not a source of revenue for any hospital, and Sacred Heart subsidized the service by $1.5 million in 2008 for costs not covered through any other means of reimbursement.
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