Hospitals Battle Over Trauma Center Designation


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(Sacramento, CA)
Tuesday, December 4, 2007

Kaiser Permanente and Methodist Hospital are aggressively sparring for the lucrative designation as South Sacramento’s official trauma center. 

Lynn Frank heads the county’s Department of Health and Human Services. She says an independent panel of experts looked at both proposals and deemed Kaiser superior. 

"…and that the resources that either were committed or were pledged to be committed exceeded the standards of the American College of Surgeons." 

But the President of Methodist Hospital – Tim Moran – says the panel based its decision on Methodist’s current capabilities rather than what it’s preparing for.

"The orientation was towards what was in place today when in fact the county’s trauma plan calls for the need for a trauma center not until around 2010." 

The Board of Supervisors may make a final decision on December 11th