Hospitals hold up statewide trauma system

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - A statewide trauma system designed to save hundreds of lives each year is being stymied by the reluctance of four hospitals in Montgomery and Dothan to join the program.

Some doctors at those hospitals are concerned the voluntary program will mean being on call more frequently and working more nights and weekends. The Alabama Trauma System is functioning in all of the state's six regions except for Region 5, which covers the southeast portion of Alabama and extends from Autauga County to Houston County.

Organizers say the four largest hospitals in the region - Baptist Medical Center South and Jackson Hospital in Montgomery, and Flowers Hospital and Southeast Alabama Medical Center in Dothan - have been holding up completion of the statewide network.

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