The Providence Holy Cross Medical Center in Mission Hills celebrated 30 years of its trauma program Wednesday with a special event demonstrating the hospital’s resources and ability to save lives in the event of a crisis.
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“It gave people a real look and understanding on how much teamwork is involved and everything that it takes to run a trauma program and why it’s so important,” said Natasha Shows, director of marketing and communications for Providence Holy Cross Medical Center.
The two-hour celebration featured a look at what might happen in the event of a shooting at Los Angeles Superior Court in San Fernando, which is near the hospital.
Providence Holy Cross provides vital services for the area, Shows said, noting there are fewer and fewer trauma centers like the one available at Providence due to the high cost of maintaining the facilities and staff.
The demonstration showed how hospital staff would handle three shooting victims if they were brought to the hospital for emergency care.
One of the “victims” was a volunteer pretending to be a distraught shooting victim looking for family members as Providence doctors worked to save two simulated victims represented by advanced computer-controlled mannequins that mimic life-like qualities such as blood pressure and heart rate.
The human models came from a simulation lab the hospital operates in Torrance, officials said.
Attendees and supporters of the hospital also listened to an “animated and grateful” Tim Larson, an off-duty Los Angeles Fire Department firefighter whose life was saved by Providence Holy Cross Medical Center staff.
Larson was given a 10 percent chance of survival after losing an arm and a leg in an August 2011 Sylmar blast  at a business he owned.
“He came in as a trauma patient, and he was in our critical care unit for about four weeks,” Shows said. “He was sort of a miracle case.”
The event also marked the 20th anniversary of the hospital's role in helping victims of the Northridge Earthquake, a magnitude 6.7 quake that killed 57 on Jan. 17, 1994.
Providence Holy Cross Medical Center officials were also given certificates of appreciation from Los Angeles City Councilman Mitch Englander and San Fernando Mayor Sylvia Ballin .
“Providence Holy Cross remembers the many lives that have been touched by the caring hands of our doctors, nurses and staff,” according to a news statement. “Since our trauma center opened in 1984, we have become one of the busiest and most highly regarded trauma programs in Los Angeles County, treating more than 1,300 patients a year.”
Here's a timeline of significant events in the medical center's history in the area:
1961 Providence Holy Cross Hospital Opens
1971 Sylmar Earthquake Damages hospital beyond repair and patient care continues during rebuilding in an interim facility
1984 Providence Holy Cross Trauma Center opens and quickly becomes one of California’s most highly regarded Level II comprehensive trauma centers
1987 Holy Cross Trauma Center becomes part of the Los Angeles County Trauma System and was designated as the emergency trauma center for Pope John Paul II’s visit to Los Angeles that year
1994 Northridge Earthquake damages many buildings; the North Building is condemned
1996 Holy Cross Hospital joins the Sisters of Providence Health System
1998 Providence Tattoo Removal Program developed with the hopes of limiting gang violence after numerous gang members are treated as trauma victims
1999 North Valley Jewish Community Center Shooting, Providence Holy Cross receives three victims, including a severely injured 5-year-old boy
2002 LA County voters overwhelmingly approve Measure B, expected to raise about $168 million a year for the Los Angeles Trauma System
2005 Glendale Metrolink Crash, 9 patients transported to Providence Holy Cross and three are trauma victims
2007 Grand Opening of 6,600-foot expansion of the Providence Holy Cross Emergency Department and Trauma Center; addition of 18 new emergency beds
2008 Chatsworth Metrolink Crash; Providence Holy Cross receives the most injured victims. This same year the Trauma Program receives verification status from the American College of Surgeons, acknowledging it has met the highest standards for a community-based center in treating the most severely injured patients.
2011 Providence Holy Cross expands with the opening of a new 138-bed patient care wing
About Providence Holy Cross Medical Center
The Providence Holy Cross Medical Center is located at 15031 Rinaldi St. in Mission Hills. A 377-bed, not-for-profit facility, the medical center offers both inpatient and outpatient health services, including a state-of-the-art Cancer Center, a Heart Center, Orthopedics, Neurosciences and Rehabilitation Services, Women's and Children's Services, as well as providing our communities with a Level II Trauma Center. Providence Holy Cross Medical Center, strategically located near the intersections of the 405, 5, 118 and 210 freeways serves both the North San Fernando and Santa Clarita Valleys. We offer a full continuum of health care, from inpatient and outpatient services to home health care, health education and community outreach programs.
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Article: Providence Holy Cross Medical Center Celebrates 30 Years For Trauma Center 
Source: Santa Clarita News
Author: Perry Smith