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Westside Digest

Santa Monica : Trauma Center Status Given

July 17, 1986

On Tuesday, Santa Monica Hospital Medical Center became a county designated rural trauma center. The hospital is now one of 22 facilities, including Level I and II centers, designated to receive critically injured people who need immediate surgery, said hospital spokesman Ted Braun. Rural trauma centers must have a surgeon on call 24 hours a day who is within 20 minutes of the hospital, he said.

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