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Top Sacramento Hospitals and Trauma Centers

If you are currently facing a life-threatening or potentially life-threatening injury, please call 911 immediately.

In many cases of injuries caused by another party, the injury is bad enough that it warrants a visit to a hospital. In some cases, these injuries may even be life-threatening and should be treated by emergency medical staff as soon as possible. We are dedicated to helping our clients in any way we can, and for this reason, have compiled a list of the five trauma centers that currently exist in Sacramento. We encourage you to do your own research when choosing a hospital but have included many of the key qualities of each facility below.

More often than not, trauma centers are located in a hospital’s Emergency Room, as well as also being a part of a hospital’s Emergency System. Trauma centers are fully equipped to handle trauma situations, which are defined as a patient suffering from injuries that require immediate medical attention. Examples of traumatic injuries include gunshot wounds, car crash injuries, major burns, blunt force trauma, or other such traumatic injuries.

Some of the terms used in the following list include:

  • Disproportionate Share Hospital (DSH): Hospitals that qualify for DSH are able to receive partial compensation for treatments performed on people with Medicaid or are uninsured. Most DSH-qualified hospitals are located in urban areas and are training facilities.
  • Rural Hospital Status: Rural hospitals are notoriously difficult to support since so few patients tend to use them in comparison to urban hospitals.
  • Critical Access Hospitals: this protection is in place to help rural hospitals stay open if they are of critical necessity to the rural patients around them. There are some general designations that allow a rural hospital to receive Critical Access status, which can be found in this document.
  • Comprehensive and Basic ER: The main difference between a comprehensive and basic ER status is the duration of treatment each could provide to a patient in an emergency. Both are completely staffed and stocked at all times, prepared for an emergency, but a basic ER only has the capacity to work with patients on an urgent basis, and a comprehensive ER has the ability to work with patients on both an immediate and continuous basis.

University of California Davis Medical Center

Location: 2315 Stockton Blvd. Sacramento, CA 95817
Hospital Operator: (916) 734-2011

This is the only hospital in the immediate Sacramento area with a Comprehensive ER. Since it’s marked as an urban hospital, it doesn’t meet the Critical Access requirements, but it is a Disproportionate Share Hospital with class I Trauma and Pediatric Trauma centers. There are 889 providers working at this Medical Center.

Kaiser Permanente South Sacramento Medical Center

Location: 6600 Bruceville Rd, Sacramento, CA 95823
Hospital Operator: (916) 688-2000

Kaiser is equipped with a Basic ER and has a designated level II Trauma center. They are also deemed an urban hospital, thus don’t meet the Critical Access requirement, but they also are not a Disproportionate Share Hospital.

Mercy San Juan Medical Center

Location: 6501 Coyle Ave, Carmichael, CA 95608
Hospital Operator: (916) 537-5000

Similarly to the Kaiser Medical Center, Mercy San Juan has a Basic ER and a level II Trauma center. They are also considered urban, failing to meet the requirement for Critical Access, and are not designated as a Disproportionate Share Hospital. The main difference is that Mercy San Juan is located in North Sacramento.

Sutter Roseville Medical Center

Location: 1 Medical Plaza Dr, Roseville, CA 95661
Hospital Operator: (916) 781-1000

Sutter Roseville is the third hospital in the area with a Basic ER and a level II Trauma center. Like both Mercy San Juan and Kaiser, it is both an urban center that cannot qualify for Critical Access and doesn’t meet the requirements to be a Disproportionate Share Hospital. The center is located in Roseville.

Marshall Medical Center

Location: 1100 Marshall Way, Placerville, CA 95667
Hospital Operator: (530) 622-1441

Marshall Medical Center is the furthest away from the Sacramento area of this list, meeting the requirement to be a rural hospital, but fails to meet all requirements to be a Critical Access facility or a Disproportionate Share Hospital. The Marshall Medical Center also has the lowest tier trauma center on this list at level III, though does meet the standards for a basic ER.

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