How We Operate

Trauma Service

Pharmacists_2A Level II trauma system provides initial definitive trauma care regardless of the severity of the injury and serves as a regional tertiary referral center. Our highly trained trauma team has the specialized training, experience and equipment needed to sustain the most critically injured patients. Our team is comprised of six trauma surgeons who are board certified in General Surgery and Surgical Critical Care. Partnering with them are 11 experienced mid-level providers to assist in the management of trauma patients. Subspecialists are available to augment the team for the wide range of traumatic injuries seen in our community. Each morning at 0700 trauma services are rotated between St. Joseph Medical Center and Tacoma General Hospital. The designated hospital remains on trauma call for 24 hours. Our trauma team provides exceptional care through the trauma continuum, from the trauma bay in the emergency department through follow-up care in the outpatient trauma clinic. The non-trauma hospital for the day does not accept trauma patients but members of the trauma team remain available in–house to care for the previously admitted trauma patients. Meet our Trauma Team



Acute Care Surgery Service (ACSS)Injury Prevention picture

There are six board-certified general surgeons assigned to the service who see urgent or emergent patients in the emergency department. The trauma surgeons also cross-cover to the ACSS. This service is also available 24/7 for consultations and referrals for elective surgical procedures. For elective surgical consults, please have PCP referrals sent directly to the clinics.  The surgeons are assisted by our 16 mid-level providers who participate in the care of the patient from arrival to discharge. Meet our Acute Care Surgery Service (ACSS) Team

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