GMC to hold rally for trauma care amendment

LAWRENCEVILLE — Gwinnett Medical Center will host a rally in support of Ballot Amendment 2 — aimed at improving statewide trauma care — on the front lawn of its Lawrenceville campus Thursday.

Only 16 of Georgia’s 152 acute-care hospitals are designated trauma centers, with common sentiment being that 30 in strategic locations would be needed to adequately address trauma needs in reasonable time across the state.

Amendment 2 would add a $10 car tag fee dedicated to funding trauma care.

“Access to trauma care is a matter of life and death, but providing trauma services is very expensive,” Gina Solomon, GMC’s trauma program manager, said in a statement. “It requires financial commitment on the hospital’s part to have surgeons available 24-7, neurosurgeons on call and to provide the advanced training for nurses and other clinical staff.”

Of the estimated 40,000 cases of trauma each year in Georgia, only about 10,000 are treated in designated trauma centers each year, leading the state’s trauma death rate to be 20 percent higher than the national average.

Thursday at 11 a.m., Gwinnett Medical, which is a designated trauma center itself, will host its “Yes 2 Save Lives” rally in support of the cause.

“Rapid response by trained pre-hospital providers in ground and air ambulances is critical,” Solomon said. “So is the distance to the nearest trauma center.”

For more information or to RSVP for the event, call 678-312-4333.