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Intent to Build Level II Trauma Center Announced

May 18, 2010

Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point Announces Intent to Build Level II Trauma Center

Hudson, FL - Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point announced today that the Florida Department of Health, Office of Trauma has accepted their application to become a Level II Trauma Center and has granted 18 months for the facility to meet the standards required for provisional review of their trauma program.  “Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point and Heart Institute has a history of providing the highest level of critical medical care for our community and the region,” said Steve Rector, Chief Executive Officer.  Pasco County and the surrounding counties of northern Pinellas, Hernando, Citrus and Sumter are in need of a trauma service to ensure that critically injured patients have access to treatment within the “golden hour” – that period of time immediately after a serious injury during which there is the highest likelihood that prompt medical treatment will prevent death. For the citizens of these counties, IT IS ABOUT TIME:  that is, reducing the time it takes to gain access to expert trauma within our own community.  The development of a Trauma Center is a natural next step in the evolution of Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point and a very proud milestone that our entire organization is committed to achieve.”

The acceptance of the application by the Office of Trauma marks the beginning of comprehensive trauma program design and implementation by Regional Medical Center which will involve every aspect of the facility. Final ruling by the Florida Department of Health, Office of Trauma is expected within the next 18 months. At that time we will begin operating as a Level II Trauma Center.

“We’ve done amazing things in our emergency service, nearly eliminating ER wait times and far exceeding the national averages for treating heart attack and stroke patients”, explains Pam Schlicher, VP of Emergency and Trauma Services at Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point.  “Having a Trauma Center here will mean faster treatment for trauma patients which could be the difference between life and death and will satisfy a huge need in our community.”

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