Posted: Monday, December 16th 2013 at 1:04pm
Medical center gets trauma nod
GAINESVILLE - Northeast Georgia Medical Center officials announced Monday that the hospital has received level II trauma center designation.
The Georgia Department of Public Health Emergency Medical Services and Trauma Office made a site visit earlier this month to evaluate the hospital's readiness for the designation.
“While we are extremely proud of what this means for our organization, we are even more aware of designation’s true meaning – better access and higher quality trauma care for the patients we serve in northeast Georgia,” Dr. John Adamski, II, medical director of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery at the hospital said in a press statement.
"The biggest changes you will see is pre-hospital care, and EMS in the region now sees patients that would have been flown out," Adamski added.
The hospital brought Adamski and several others on board to work toward the goal of trauma status. The overall effort has been in the works for about four years.
Adamski said it's much more than just a designation.
"It's bigger than that. Trauma doesn't discriminate. It affects everyone, from doctors to presidents to lawyers to someone just driving through town from another state."
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