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USF Health, HCA announce trauma partnership
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USF Health, HCA announce trauma partnership

Tampa, FL -- USF Health and HCA are partnering up to form a statewide trauma network dedicated to improving access to trauma care and services in Florida.

The joint initiative will enable five HCA hospitals in underserved areas to provide trauma care, including two in the Tampa Bay area--Blake Medical Center in Bradenton and Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point in Hudson.

Florida residents also will benefit from centralized statewide data collection for trauma research.

"At USF Health, we try to get together with great partners. To act boldly, think creatively, and work cooperatively to find new agreements and new pathways to improve healthcare," Stephen K. Klasko, CEO for USF Health and medical dean, said in a statement.

Today only about 38 percent of trauma patients in Florida receive treatment in a designated trauma center, that's below both the national average. The state's goal is to have 65 percent of trauma patients treated in a Florida licensed trauma center.

The partnership aims to make that goal a reality.


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