Health Director Makes Pitch for State Trauma Centers

NOVEMBER 22, 2006 - Posted at 8:02 a.m. CST

LITTLE ROCK (AP) - The director of the state Health Division wants the Legislature to fund trauma centers so accident victims and others with medical emergencies will have a better chance of survival.

Arkansas is one of three states without an organized trauma system, something state Health Division director Paul Halverson says will take about $23 million to change.

Halverson says between 200 and 600 lives could be saved each year in the state. A Level One trauma center would have surgical specialists, such as neurosurgeons, on hand to treat trauma victims.

Halverson says the state needs two or three of the centers so patients will have reduced travel time to get to a center.

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