Injury Prevention

An Ounce of Prevention

St. Joseph Health-Sonoma County is committed to making our communities healthy and safe. That is why we are leaders in injury prevention throughout the region. The key to saving lives is not only treating people quickly and expertly in the hospital but educating the community on ways to prevent traumatic injuries from occurring in the first place. Our trauma and emergency departments at Petaluma Valley Hospital and Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital are actively involved in a number of injury prevention activities:

Injury Prevention for Children and Parents

The Regional Level II Trauma Center at Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital is the lead agency for Safe Kids Sonoma County, a local coalition that helps connect parents and caregivers with the safety resources they need-information, safety tips, current research, workshops, and classes. Members of Safe Kids Sonoma County include representatives from area hospitals and clinics, law enforcement, media, schools, local elected officials, the Department of Health Services, local businesses and community organizations, all working together to keep kids safe.

Injury Prevention for Teens

Petaluma Valley Hospital and Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital physicians and clinical staff volunteer their time and participate in the following Trauma Injury Prevention programs for teens:


The G.I.F.T. (Gun Violence Information for Teens) program is a gun-violence awareness prevention program for teens designed to educate students about the legal, medical, and emotional consequences of youth gun possession and related gun violence. The program has been presented to over 4,200 students over the last three years.

Every 15 Minutes

St. Joseph Health-Sonoma County is one of many organizations that sponsor “Every 15 Minutes,” the anti-drunk driving campaign where fatal accidents are simulated before hundreds of high school students. The program was born in the early 1990’s when statistics showed a teenager was killed every 15 minutes in the United States as a result of an alcohol related car crash.

For More Information

For more information on one of our injury prevention programs, contact:

Karli Tedeschi, Injury Prevention Coordinator, Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital
(707) 525-5300 ext. 3264

Wendi Thomas, RN, Petaluma Valley Hospital Emergency Department Manager
(707) 778-2692

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