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Natividad starts trauma center operations

Natividad Medical Center’s emergency department was bustling about noon on Wednesday, treating three trauma patients during the Monterey County-owned hospital’s second week of operating as the area’s first Level II trauma center.

It wasn’t quite as busy as last weekend when the emergency department took in six trauma patients during one 24-hour period.

Since Natividad began accepting trauma patients on Oct. 6, the hospital has served 20 such patients. Most of them were injured in auto accidents, but there were also shooting and stabbing victims. The week before, those patients would have probably been flown to a San Jose-area trauma center.  (Natividad Press Release)