Rapid diagnosis and treatment provide the best chance of surviving a traumatic injury. Critically injured patients are brought by helicopter or ambulance directly from the injury site to the John Muir Health Trauma Center.
John Muir Medical Center, Walnut Creek, is one of the few Bay Area hospitals with a heliport. This allows patients to be taken to the trauma center by helicopter from anywhere in the Bay Area in just minutes.
The center has served as Contra Costa County’s only trauma center since 1986. County guidelines dictate which patients are taken to the center, which has been verified by the American College of Surgeons (ACS) as a Level II Trauma Center. Only a select group of medial centers receive Level II Trauma Center verification from the ACS and these centers must meet essential criteria to ensure trauma care capability and institutional performance.
Our Trauma Center team is specially trained to treat patients using well-defined trauma policies and procedures. The center’s trauma surgeons, emergency physicians, nurses, intensive care units, medical imaging, laboratory, and respiratory care are available around the clock.
Saving lives is the center’s overriding focus, but trauma care doesn’t end when a patient survives an injury—it extends from initial treatment through rehabilitation. Neurosurgeons, orthopedic surgeons, and other medical and surgical specialists are also on hand 24 hours a day.