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Posted: Monday, May 5th 2014 at 1:32pm

Governor Deal unveils NGMC Trauma Center signage

By Marc Eggers Staff
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GAINESVILLE – Against the backdrop of brilliant blue skies, the Northeast Georgia Medical Center unveiled on Monday their newest addition to the growing hospital complex: signage proudly announcing that they are now a Level II Trauma Center.

The official designation from the Georgia Department of Public Health’s Emergency Medical Services & Trauma Office was received in December, 2013, following a decade-long effort to meet the rigorous requirements for the upgrade.

And with May being the 26th annual National Trauma Awareness Month, the timing was ideal.

NGMC now joins an esteemed list of eight other Level II providers in Georgia.

On hand for the celebration was Governor Nathan Deal. “Designation as a Level II Trauma Center is a monumental accomplishment not just for the people of northeast Georgia, but also for the entire state,” Deal said.

Governor Deal recently signed an executive order allowing many of the smaller, rural-area hospitals that are struggling financially to scale down their operations rather than close their doors.

“What that means is that will require the larger facilities in our state, such as the Northeast Georgia Medical Center – which I understand is already the third largest ER-facility in terms of volume in our state – it will put even more obligations on these larger facilities to… serve and support the smaller institutions…who do not have the financial wherewithal,” Deal said.

Dr. John Adamski II was recruited to come onboard as Medical Director of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery in December of 2012 to lend his expertise to the application process. That approval was granted just one year later.

“A lot of the work was already done,” Dr. Adamski explained, “the resources and the people were already here. It was orchestrating and getting people to work in a more-fluid model.”

“My part was just organizing and orchestrating and showing people that we can do this,” Adamski said, but he was quick to add that getting the Level II designation was just the beginning.

“Every trauma center has to improve…that’s the whole part of trauma care. We look at processes, we re-evaluate processes, and we see what can do better for the next patient even if we have done it seamlessly before,” Adamski added.

When asked if NGMC was envisioning a move to the highest designation, Level I, Adamski answered, “At the present time, no. The difference between a Level I and a Level II…is that they (Level I) have research and an academic affiliation. On the other hand, we take care of the same patients that they do as a Level I.”

In the audience of nearly 200 guests was one individual who could testify first-hand to the value of a Level II trauma center being in the area.

Greg Peters of Pendergrass is an Emergency Medical Technician. On the night of July 1, 2013, the 31-year-old was involved in a car wreck as he was returning home after his shift. Alone and far off the road in the woods in his wrecked vehicle, Peters said it was 45-minutes before he regained consciousness, called 911, and was located by arriving emergency personnel.

He was taken to NGMC, during the time NGMC was assembling the necessary equipment and facilities and staff needed for the Level II designation that they would be awarded 5-months later.

“Within minutes they had me ready to go to surgery. They saved my life. They repaired all the issues I had internally,” Peters said. “If it wasn’t a trauma center, or a soon-to-be-trauma center…there’s no way I would have made it.”
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