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Monterey County trauma center recommendation was made by panel from Iowa
Monterey Herald

It was a panel of trauma experts from Des Moines, Iowa, who recommended Natividad Medical Center be given the first shot at negotiating a deal with the county to become the area’s trauma center.

According to a review of county records by The Herald, the panelists were paid up to $6,000 each for reviewing the proposals of Natividad and Salinas Valley Memorial hospitals. They were in the area for nearly a week and weren’t paid expenses. They visited the hospitals and produced a strictly numerical rating based on the hospitals’ capacity for meeting a range of trauma center criteria.