Trauma Center Benefits All

Columbia Memorial Hospital Emergency Excellence

ASTORIA, Ore. – On June 21, the Oregon Health Authority reaffirmed the high quality of emergency services at Columbia Memorial Hospital (CMH) and re-designated the hospital as a Level IV trauma center.

As a Level IV trauma center, CMH is a vital link that a severely injured person requires. Its role is to make sure the injured person is breathing and stable before transporting them to a designated Level I or II trauma center.

“Trauma designation distinguishes CMH from other hospitals because it means we provide comprehensive trauma services that meet state and national clinical excellence standards. It ensures the immediate availability of surgeons, anesthesiologists, physician specialists, nurses, ancillary services, and resuscitation life-support for the care of trauma patients in our community twenty-four hours a day, every day,” said Trece Gurrad, CMH’s vice president of patient care services.

Severely injured patients throughout the Columbia-Pacific region are transported to CMH for treatment and stabilization as CMH is the only trauma-designated hospital. The next closest trauma centers are in Tillamook and Longview, Washington.

In 2016, CMH’s emergency medicine team focused on getting patients from the emergency department to the operating room faster. After seeing several patients who had been injured in the same way at Fort Stevens State Park, they also worked with the park to improve signage in these hazardous areas.

“It’s such a blessing for patients. Over the past two years, CMH’s collaboration with OHSU has significantly enhanced the quality of emergency medical care. But their efforts have gone beyond the walls of the hospital. This team also actively works with other organizations to prevent emergencies from happening in the first place and, when they do happen, to get people the help they need faster,” Gurrad said.