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Level II Trauma

Kern Medical Center is designated by the Kern County Emergency Medical Services Department and the American College of Surgeons as the county's only trauma center.Designation as a Level II Trauma Center guarantees that the hospital has adequate resources to deal with severely injured patients at all times. All medical personnel including physicians, nurses and other staff are trained in the care of critically injured patients and are dedicated to providing quality service.


As part of the Trauma Center's mission to provide evidenced based quality care to the citizens of Kern County, the Division's of Trauma Surgery and Surgical Critical Care and Department of Emergency Medicine have combined expertise to maintain a detailed trauma registry, provide trauma education to the community and other hospitals, and maintain an active research program.

The Trauma Service at Kern Medical Center uses a multidisciplinary approach to care with specialized nurses and physicians including Trauma surgeons, Critical Care Physicians, Vascular Surgeons, Neurosurgeons, Orthopedic Surgeons, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons, Urologic Surgeons, Radiologist and Emergency Medicine Physicians, to facilitate the care of the critically injured. There are approximately 2000 trauma activations at Kern Medical Center annually, and there are operating rooms, angiography suites, and an 18 bed integrated intensive care unit that are designated for the care of trauma victims.

The Chief of Trauma Surgery and Director of the Surgery Intensive Care Unit is Dr. Ruby Skinner. The supporting surgical trauma surgical staff have training in expertise in trauma surgery and they are; Dr. Maureen Martin, Dr. Victor Sorensen, and Dr. Scott Snyder.