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Tahoe’s Barton Hospital designated a Trauma III center

Barton Memorial Hospital has been designated a Trauma III Center after a rigorous qualification procedure.

The designation makes Barton Memorial the only trauma center in the Lake Tahoe, Truckee and Carson Valley regions, according to the hospital.

“We are equipped to stabilize any injury and, in most cases, comprehensively treat patients at the hospital,” said Dr. Clint Purvance, Barton’s chief medical officer.

Level III trauma centers must meet criteria established by the Committee on Trauma of the American College of Surgeons. All trauma center designations require consultation and verification visits, education requirements and a certification procedure.

The facility designation is certified by a local authorized entity. El Dorado County designated Barton Memorial Hospital a Trauma III Center on Tuesday.

“We have expanded our care team and our staff has undergone extensive emergency medicine training,” said Purvance.

Levels I and II trauma centers, located primarily in urban areas, have a higher number of emergency personnel, according to a Barton Memorial press release. Level I centers require research and teaching facilities.

Call The Bee’s Bill Lindelof, (916) 321-1079.