RGH receives trauma designation

Staff and wire reports

SANTA FE – Health Secretary Dr. Alfredo Vigil announced Wednesday that the New Mexico Department of Health has designated three hospitals as new trauma centers in the state: Roosevelt General Hospital in Portales, Gerald Champion Medical Center in Alamogordo and Carlsbad Medical Center in Carlsbad. With the addition of these hospitals, there are now six trauma centers in New Mexico.

Roosevelt General Hospital Administrator James D’Agostino told the RGH board in its regular meeting Tuesday that the designation is for a two year period and means RGH is the only trauma center in the area.

Trauma centers are classified into four levels. The hospital in Portales is a Level IV hospital, which means they can stabilize all types of trauma patients and transfer to a higher level facility. Level I centers provide the most comprehensive range of services. The state’s only

Level I hospital is the University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center in Albuquerque. The Carlsbad and Alamogordo trauma centers are designated Level III.

“The designation of these three additional trauma centers is an important step in improving New Mexico’s state trauma system,” said Dr. Dale Kester, emergency physician and chairman of the Trauma System Funding Authority and Trauma Advisory and System Stakeholders Committee. “This progress will help advance the optimal goal of getting the right patient to the right facility at the right time.”