ADPH Holds Trauma Meeting in Troy

Troy, AL (WSFA) -- It's a system that's been working for years near Birmingham.  Now, it's coming to East, Southeast, and West Alabama.

Alabama Department of Public Health officials hope to roll out a centralized trauma system designed to get patients in need the care they need as soon as possible.

Thursday night, at a town hall meeting, ADPH administrators hashed out the details of the system--coordination that will inform first repsonders of open beds at many of the Alabama's trauma centers.

"[Patients will] be able to go to the operating room immediately. [Hospitals] always have an operating room set and's a wonderful system," explained Dr. John Campbell, State Director of EMS & Trauma.

It's something emergency technicians and doctors in South Alabama have long awaited.

"When we have patients in a trauma situation, that need more services than we can provide..we need some type of assistance," said Dr. Adolfo Robeldo, Emergency Room Director for Troy Regional Medical Center.

With only one major trauma center in Central Alabama--and a single surgeon to handle the work load--state administrators want to prepare the medical community for a positive change.

"This system is geared to get them to the right place the first time," Campbell said.

So in a situation where every second counts, communication--doctors say--is the ultimate lifeline.

"If we get a bad situation, the Pri-Med, the helicopter, our hospital, and the trauma center--we are all interlaced to provide the best care possible," Robeldo explained.

Reporter:  Cody Holyoke