TWO AREA HOSPITALS ARE IN THE RUNNING OF BECOMING THE FIRSTTRAUMACENTER IN MONTERY COUNTY.   SALINAS VALLEY MEMORIAL HEALTHCARE SYSTEM AND NATIVIDAD MEDICAL CENTER ARE BOTH VYING FOR THE DESIGNATION, AND HAVE REPORTEDLY STARTED MAKING AN EFFORT TO REFLECT THAT CHANGE.   276 PATIENTS WERE REPORTEDLY FLOWN OUT OF MONTEREY COUNTY LAST YEAR TO THE NEAREST TRAUMA CENTER, ABOUT 70-MILES AWAY, ROUGHLY A 25-MINUTE HELICOPTER RIDE.   PROPOSALS FOR THE DESIGNATION WERE SUBMITTED LAST WEEK FROM EACH HOSPITAL.   

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