COBTH to participate in Hill Briefing on Trauma Centers

Over 80 percent of the nation’s highest-level trauma centers are operated by major teaching hospitals—including many here in New England.  This guarantees that a full team of physicians and other health professionals will be ready to spring into action at any moment, for any patient and provide the kind of quality trauma care any situation demands.

On Tuesday, May 7th, the Association of American Medical Colleges (AMMC) will host a Capitol Hill briefing on the importance of level 1 trauma centers in America and the teaching hospitals that sustain them. The Conference of Boston Teaching Hospitals (COBTH), a NEC member and lead emergency responder during the April 15th Marathon Bombings, will participate on AMMC’s expert panel and discuss an expansive number of subjects.

Topics that COBTH and other participants will discuss include:

  • The extensive (and costly) resources required for Level I trauma center designation;
  • How Americans of all ages significantly benefit from trauma research and education conducted at the nation’s medical schools and teaching hospitals;
  • How Level I trauma centers constantly work with regional coordinators to assure that any patient in need can quickly access immediate life-saving care;
  • The significant consequences of closing Level I trauma centers; and
  • The vital importance of continued federal support for the medical schools and teaching hospitals that staff and support Level I trauma centers.

The New England Council encourages interested members to join the AAMC and COBTH for this important discussion. To learn more about Tuesday’s event and RSVP, please contact Hayzell Gollop at hgollopp@aamc.org .

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