Tallahassee Memorial Hospital has its application into the State Department of Health; it's hoping to retain a trauma center designation. It's a program the hospital admits will lose money, but it wants to move forward because of the potential to save more lives.
The start-up costs are estimated at about $1.5 million and it will cost another $1.4 million each year to operate.
TMH says it plans to absorb most of the costs, but, will need some financial assistance, about $300,000 each year from the city of Tallahassee and Leon County.
“We do see the city commission and county commission's support as a litmus test to this community's support for a designated trauma program, so it is important, we think, for support is important for purposes of state support state funding,” explains TMH CEO Mark O’Bryant.
O'Bryant says if all goes as planned, a trauma program could be up and operational at TMH in about a year and a half. The Tallahassee area is the only region of its population size to not have a trauma center; the closest centers are in Pensacola, Jacksonville and Gainesville.