Mission Hospital and CHOC Children’s at Mission Hospital (CHOC Mission) announce that its regional trauma center has received verification as a Level II Trauma Center for adults and pediatrics from the American College of Surgeons (ACS).

It is reportedly the only verified level II trauma center in South Orange County, according to Mission Hospital, in a news release.

“The Trauma Level II verification for pediatric services now extends the lifesaving care we provide for adults as well as our community’s youngest members through our CHOC Children’s partnership,” says Almaas Shaikh, MD, trauma medical director at Mission Hospital, in the release.

“Our dedicated pediatric and adult trauma teams are uniquely trained to care for those who need immediate and exemplary care,” states Tarek Salaway, chief executive of Mission Hospital. “The ACS verifications recognize our commitment to treating trauma both in trauma care as well as preventing trauma from occurring through community programs and services.”

“We are privileged to play a role in caring for children and families affected by trauma. Pediatric patients have unique needs, very different from adults, which our physicians and staff are distinctly qualified to address. Our goal is to give children and teens the happiest and healthiest of lives,” adds Marcia Folli, administrator and chief nursing officer, CHOC Mission, a 54-bed children’s hospital located on the fifth floor of Mission Hospital and part of CHOC Children’s pediatric healthcare system, per the release.

[Source(s): Mission Hospital, CHOC Children’s at Mission Hospital, Business Wire]