Tampa Bay, FL – Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point announces that the Florida Department of Health has awarded the hospital full Level II Trauma Center designation, marking the end of a year-long provisional period and commitment to trauma care that began in 2009. Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point is the only trauma center in Pasco, Hernando, and Citrus Counties.

“For almost two and a half years, the staff at Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point has been working hard to continue our history of providing the highest levels of critical medical care to our community through the development of a trauma program,” said Shayne George, Chief Executive Officer. “By receiving this Level II Trauma Center designation, we continue to meet the needs of our growing community by providing quality trauma intervention and treatment,” he added.

The development of a trauma program was a natural step in the evolution of Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point and is a very proud milestone for the hospital. It is a part of the HCA Florida and USF Health agreement for trauma care which supports local needs for trauma services through an affiliation with a major academic university and medical school.

Trauma is the leading cause of death among Floridians ages one through 44. Florida’s death rate from accidental drowning among children ages one through four is the highest in the nation and falls are the leading cause of death among Florida residents age 65 and older. When serious trauma injuries occur, rapid transport, prompt treatment, and early rehabilitation of the trauma victim reduces mortality, physical injury, and financial cost. Florida’s trauma centers have reduced the statewide trauma mortality rate from 6.8% in 2004 to 4.9% in 2010 and provide faster treatment to improve patient outcomes and keep patients close to home and their loved ones.

“This full designation allows critically injured patients to have access to treatment in the ‘golden hour’ which is the first hour after serious injury in which there is the highest likelihood that prompt medical attention will prevent death,” said Scott Norwood, MD, Medical Director of RMCBP’s trauma program.