Trauma happens every day, and when it does, every minute counts. As North Central New Mexico’s only Level III Trauma Center, CHRISTUS St. Vincent is here to provide lifesaving care for the most serious of medical emergencies. Our multidisciplinary team of emergency physicians, surgeons and specialists makes it possible for trauma patients to be treated close to home.
“We strive to provide the best in trauma care to the people of our community,” says Kelly Smith, RN, TCRN, Trauma and Time Critical Logistics Manager. CHRISTUS St. Vincent currently has three trauma and acute care surgeons and three orthopedic trauma surgeons that provide 24/7 care. The emergency room is staffed by physicians who are board certified in emergency medicine. Two full-time neurosurgeons are also on staff.
“It is a significant investment simply to have trauma staff here”, says Kelly. “We have the physicians, we have the nurses, and we provide all of the services necessary for a top-of-the-line trauma center. What we also have is the commitment. Our surgeons and our nurses are here because they want to be here. Crisis level issues are so important, and our people want to be here to help patients in need—patients who are their family members, friends, neighbors, and other members of their own community.”