Cagle: Senate Votes to Strengthen Trauma Network

February 26, 2009

Lt Governor Casey Cagle released the following statement following the Senate’s passage of Senate Bill 156, the Georgia Trauma Care Network Commission.

“I am proud of the Senate’s unanimous support today to strengthen our state’s Trauma Network.  Too many Georgians are at risk of being in an accident without required trauma care nearby and we must continue to expand our current system to protect lives.

 “This bill prioritizes state trauma funding and mirrors the priorities and goals set forth in the Trauma Commission’s five year strategic plan. Defining our priorities is vital to ensure that dollars are spent on services that will produce real results and tangible outcomes for trauma patients.

“Included is a readiness component, which I believe is essential to ensure funding is directed to building new trauma centers, especially in the rural areas of our state.   Additionally, the creation of an annual strategic plan for the state-wide trauma network will help us reach our goal of a level IV trauma designation for all hospitals with an emergency room in Georgia.

“I commend Senator Cecil Staton for his diligence and hard work on this bill. While we still have more work to do, this is a strong step in the right direction and we look forward to working with our colleagues in the House of Representatives.”

S.B. 156 includes the priorities and goals set by the Georgia Trauma Commission in their Five Year Georgia Trauma System Strategic Plan. Funding priorities are defined as supporting a readiness component, strengthening emergency medical services (especially in rural areas) developing a trauma communications system, building a trauma network infrastructure and establishing a mechanism to assure exceptional accountability.