GAINESVILLE, Ga. – A new sign outside Northeast Georgia Medical Center’s (NGMC) Emergency Department lets the community and all who enter know that NGMC is a designated Trauma Center. Governor Nathan Deal, NGMC physicians and staff, community members and media gathered this morning as the sign was unveiled, marking another major milestone since NGMC received Level II Trauma Center designation in December.
”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,” said Gov. Deal. “The hospital fills an important gap in the statewide trauma care network, working to ensure that Georgia residents are never far from a designated trauma center.”
Level II Trauma designation assures patients and emergency medical personnel that NGMC has the full range of resources available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, to handle all type of traumatic injury.
“This historical event is more than a decade in the making, and has involved a team of people – from first responders and EMS to physicians and clinical staff,” said Carol Burrell, Northeast Georgia Health System (NGHS) president and CEO. “Years of work and effort went into making this day a reality for our organization and our regional community.”
In addition to the sign unveiled during today’s event, trauma center information is being added to blue hospital signs along the interstates and surface streets leading to NGMC – making sure all who need life-saving care in an emergency know the way to the Level II Trauma Center.
“As a trauma surgeon, I’ve worked at and put together numerous trauma programs, and I can tell you that the trauma program at NGMC is second to none,” said John H. Adamski, II, MD, medical director of Trauma & Acute Care Surgery at NGMC. “Thank you to everyone inside our organization and in the community who worked tirelessly toward this achievement.”
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You can watch a video about NGMC’s journey to achieve Level II Trauma Center designation by visiting www.nghs.com/trauma.