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Thursday February 11th, 2016 1:35AM

NEGMC trauma program aims to become designated trauma center

By Alyson Shields Reporter
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.
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