Trauma Center System Tossed Out By Florida Judge

As lawmakers debate revamping the trauma-care system, a judge Tuesday rejected a plan by the Florida Department of Health that likely would have led to an increase in trauma centers across the state.

 

Administrative Law Judge Garnett Chisenhall, in a 70-page ruling, tossed out a proposed rule that the department planned to use in determining whether trauma centers should be allowed to open. Chisenhall said the department’s position “contravenes” at least two state laws.

 

The ruling was a victory for five major hospitals — UF Health Jacksonville, Tampa General Hospital, Lee Memorial Hospital in Fort Myers, Bayfront Health-St. Petersburg and St. Joseph’s Hospital in Tampa —- that have long run trauma centers and filed challenges after the department proposed the rule last year.

 

Read the full story on Health News Florida HERE.

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