Trauma task force to meet public

July 13, 2002|by KIMBERLY YAKOWSKI

The Washington County Hospital Trauma Task Force will meet July 25 to hear comments from the public about the hospital's trauma program.

The meeting will begin at 5:30 p.m. in Room 121 at Pangborn Hall, which is the building across from the hospital on East Antietam Street. Those who want to speak are asked to register and provide a written copy of their statements, according to a hospital press release.

From 7 to 8 p.m., members of the emergency services community will be invited to give input.

The hospital suspended its status as a trauma center effective June 1 because there were not enough trauma surgeons available to cover the hospital 24 hours a day, as the trauma designation stipulates.

Critically injured patients in the Tri-State who require trauma care are being taken to the closest hospital to be stabilized and then moved to a trauma center elsewhere for additional treatment.


The task force was been formed by the Maryland Institute for Emergency Medical Service Systems to look into whether and how to restore the hospital to trauma status.

The task force met with trauma service experts Wednesday, the press release said.

Meetings were scheduled last week with hospital representatives and trauma surgeons, neurosurgeons and orthopedists to discuss a hospital proposal for resuming as a trauma center. Hospital administrators met with the orthopedists, but the trauma surgeons and neurosurgeons canceled their meetings, the press release said.

As of Friday the hospital was awaiting a response to its proposal, the press release said.

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