Truly Exceptional Care

More than 2,400 patients each year will receive care for traumatic or life-threatening injury at Riverside Community Hospital's Trauma Center. Riverside Community has been dedicated to serving the community as a designated Level II Trauma Center for over 20 years. Through a partnership with paramedics and air ambulance services, the system supports trauma patients from Riverside and San Bernardino Counties.

Trauma Center Association of America

Level II Trauma Center – Trauma can happen anytime and anywhere

The Trauma Center at Riverside Community includes dedicated trauma resuscitation rooms in the 50-bed Emergency Department, in addition to operating rooms available for trauma victims at all times and a 40-bed Intensive Care Unit. All critical trauma resources are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, including lab, radiology, CT scanning, MRI and blood bank.

The Trauma Team

Patients are seen by a multidisciplinary team of highly-trained, experienced specialists, including trauma surgeons, trauma nurses, neurosurgeons, orthopedic surgeons, plastic surgeons, vascular surgeons, respiratory therapists, physical therapists, social workers and case managers. All aspects of care and all subspecialties in medicine are coordinated in the care of each trauma patient.

Emergency Services personnel identify patients needing trauma center resources in the pre-hospital system and are brought directly to the resuscitation bay in Riverside Community's Emergency Department.

By providing truly comprehensive care for our trauma patients - from the resuscitation in the trauma bay through the intensive care and intermediate care phases - the doctors, nurses and support staff at Riverside Community's Trauma Center remain committed to decreasing the mortality rate from traumatic injuries in the counties we serve. The enthusiasm, flexibility and teamwork within the team provide ongoing opportunities to bring the care of the most severely injured patients to the highest level.

Suffering a traumatic injury can be an overwhelming and fearful time for a patient and their family; however, Riverside Community has highly trained Case Managers, Social Workers, and Chaplains readily available to help patients and families during their difficult time.

Trauma Program

Our Trauma Medical Director, David Plurad, M.D. and Trauma Program Director, Dina Elias, RN, lead our Trauma Program. Their primary role is develop the program through a multidisciplinary approach, which includes developing trauma-related evidence-based guidelines. Using evidence-based guidelines, combined with clinical expertise, collaboration with multidisciplinary departments and patient preference ultimately deliver the highest quality of care. Our dedicated team of physicians and nurses are specially trained to care for patients with traumatic injuries. We provide continuing education for all of our staff related to the care of the trauma patient. One of the goals of Riverside Community Hospital’s Trauma Program is to provide an excellent patient experience to everyone.

The fifth floor of our new 7-story patient G Tower is our Trauma and Orthopedic Unit.  Our team provides care to patients who have any injury related to trauma that is not requiring an ICU level of care. The interdisciplinary trauma team caring for you on G5 will be devoted to the process it takes to rehabilitate any trauma injury. As many of our trauma patients require more space for special equipment and ability to move about the room, these private rooms allow family to be present especially at times to learn/assist with therapy.