emergency department

Trauma Center

We are here to help you through this difficult moment


“Trauma” is defined as any sudden change to the body caused by an external force or agent; the injury can be the result of a fall or other accident, violence or an environmental factor. At Adventist Health and Rideout, there is a specialized system and team to care for trauma victims.


The Trauma Center at Adventist Health and Rideout Regional Medical Center has been verified as a Level III Trauma Center by the Verification Review Committee (VRC), an ad hoc committee of the Committee on Trauma (COT) of the American College of Surgeons (ACS). This achievement recognizes the trauma center's dedication to providing optimal care for injured patients.

Every second counts in an emergency

Trauma patients in the counties of Yuba, Sutter, Colusa, Nevada and parts of Butte and Placer Counties as well can be transported to and treated at Adventist Health and Rideout within the so-called Golden Hour, those first 60 to 90 minutes that are so critical to preventing death and preserving brain function, heart muscle and, ultimately, the patient’s quality of life after recovery.

We have a team of board-certified specialists for emergency situations

Adventist Health and Rideout’s multidisciplinary trauma team includes board-certified specialists in emergency medicine, anesthesiology, trauma surgery, orthopedics, cardiothoracic and neurosurgery, specialized nursing staff, radiology, lab, intensive care and physical rehabilitation, all working together using proven treatment protocols that comply with the standards of the American College of Surgeons, the national organization that oversees the verification of trauma centers across the U.S. These specialists are on call 24/7 to treat even severe brain and spinal cord injuries, which put victims at particularly high risk for death or serious — even permanent — impairment to their cognitive or motor functions.