Santa Clara Valley Medical Center is a full-service, 461 bed county hospital located in the heart of San Jose, about 25 minutes by car from Stanford Hospital. Serving a population of 1.4 million, the hospital provides high quality, cost-effective health care to all persons in Santa Clara County, regardless of ability to pay. The Emergency Department, newly built in 1989, is a 29 bed Level 1 Trauma Center and a Burn Center seeing greater than 130,000 patients per year, with about 10-15% being pediatrics. There are approximately 3,000 trauma activations each year with a high proportion of pediatric traumas. Santa Clara Valley Medical Center is the second busiest county Emergency Department in the state of California. The urban patient population is extremely diverse and is comprised of many recent immigrants.
Currently ED residents manage all trauma airways and are primarily responsible for a 11 bed area called “The Wall” which includes the trauma bay and medical resucation bays. There are ample opportunities to perform procedures in this high acuity environment, where both advanced medical pathology and large amounts of blunt and penetrating trauma are seen. Housed within the Emergency Department is one of Santa Clara County 's major paramedic bases. Handling over 7,000 paramedic calls per year, the Emergency Medicine residents get invaluable first-hand experience in the management of pre-hospital care.
Education is of primary importance at Santa Clara Valley Medical Center. The hospital has a full affiliation with the Stanford University School of Medicine, and as a major county teaching hospital, playing a significant role in residency education. The departments of internal medicine, obstetrics/gynecology, radiology, and pathology maintain their own, independent residency programs.
In addition to the high level of medical services at Santa Clara Valley Medical Center, the hospital provides many regional specialty-care programs with a top ranked comprehensive spinal cord and head injury unit, an 8 bed regional burn center, a Level III neonatal intensive care unit, a chronic dialysis unit, and a high-risk pregnancy program.