Independent Evaluators Recommendation
“We recognize that each facility has unique strengths and weaknesses. After consideration of all available information, it is our recommendation that Natividad Medical Center be offered the opportunity for designation as the Level II Trauma Center within Monterey County.”
Update: The Board of Supervisors has voted to go with the recommendation of the independent evalutors and proceed with Natividad Medical Center as the Level II Trama Center Designee.
The Board of Supervisors has received the recommendation for the County’s first level II trauma center. A team of independent outside evaluators recommended Natividad Medical Center (NMC) be “offered the opportunity for designation as the Level II Trauma Center with in Monterey County.”
In May of 2012 a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) for a Level II Trauma Center was released by the County with a proposal deadline of August 16, 2013. Salinas Valley Memorial Health Center and Natividad Medical Center submitted proposals in response to the RFQ in Early August. The independent evaluation team received the proposals on August 23rd. The team reviewed the proposals and visited both facilities.
“I want to thank the members of the independent evaluation team for their critical participation in this process.” said Ray Bullick, Director of the Health Department. “Each member brought to the process a significant amount of experience in trauma center designation and operation which bring high level of credibility with their recommendation”
When the recommendation is accepted by the Board of Supervisors negotiations on a memorandum of understanding (MOU) would begin.
“Now that the Board of Supervisors has selected Natividad Medical Center to move forward with Level II Trauma Center designation, The EMS Agency will be working closely with NMC to develop all the necessary interim benchmarks so they will be well prepared and capable of providing all Trauma services required of a Level II Trauma Center.” Kirk Schmitt, Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Agency Director. “The EMS Agency will engage prehospital providers, the medical community and other stakeholders to make certain the system is also prepared for this important enhancement to medical care here in Monterey County.”
It is expected the official designation will be made in late 2014 with the actual startup of the Trauma Center in January of 2015.
- County Counsel Letter
- Natividad Medical Center Score Sheet
- Salinas Valley Medical Healthcare System Score Sheet