Memorial trauma center gets 8-year extension

1,450 patients treated annually, 15,000 since program began in 1998

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SANTA ROSA — An extension of at least eight years for Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital to continue operating as the main level II trauma center in the North Bay took effect this week, a development hospital officials and the county said was “significant” and critical to the needs of the region.

The Sonoma County Board of Supervisors voted in March to approve the extension, which includes a provision for renewal after 2018 for an additional four years, giving the hospital a longer-than-average contract that would last through 2022. The contract took effect May 1.

In announcing the extension, Sonoma County Department of Health Services Director Rita Scardaci said, “Trauma care is a key component in the health delivery system,” and Memorial’s designation means “outstanding medical care for critically injured patients” will continue.

Jim Adams, chief operating officer of REACH Air Medical Services and a board member for Memorial, said the length of the contract is unique and underscores the important role that the trauma center plays for the region.

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