Saturday 12:13am
November 01, 2014
Currently 40°F
Posted: Wednesday, November 27th 2013 at 4:26pm

NEGMC trauma program aims to become designated trauma center

EMAIL STORY CONTACT EDITOR PRINT
click to enlarge
GAINESVILLE - The Northeast Georgia Medical Center is expecting a visit from the state Department of Public Health and Emergency Medical Services and Trauma office next week. The hospital is applying for designation as a Level Two trauma center.

Melissa Tymchuk, Manager of Public Relations for the hospital, said while the hospital has been treating trauma patients for some time, the designation would greatly benefit North Georgia residents with serious emergencies.

"The EMS field guidelines call for patients that meet the criteria to go to a designated trauma center," said Tymchuk. "So without being designated they have had to in the past bypass our hospital for a designated center in Atlanta."

Tymchuk said the visit would take place on December 5. "[The department] will conduct the site visit and then if we achieve designation, for that point forward, we would be submitting reports to that office and also expecting periodic follow up visits from them," she said.

Tymchuk also explained why the hospital is applying for a Level Two designation. Level One, she said, is reserved for education-based hospitals "Since we are not a 'teaching' hospital, Level Two is the highest designation we could achieve."

The hospital is expecting a verdict by the end of the year.
Associated Categories: Homepage, Business News, Local/State News

© Copyright 2014 AccessNorthGa.com
All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed without permission.


  • Click here
  • Click here
  • Click here
  • Click here
  • Click here
0.104264
icon
40°F
Gainesville, GA 30501
light rain
Wind: WNW 21 mph
Dew point: 29°F