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Bayfront Health is fighting the state over another hospital's request to open a second trauma center in St. Petersburg.  

Legislation making it easier to set up new trauma centers is moving in the Florida House. The measure removing a statewide cap passed its final committee.

Proposed Pinellas Trauma Center Challenged

Apr 19, 2017

Amid a legislative debate about the state's trauma-care system, a proposal by a St. Petersburg hospital to open a trauma center has drawn a legal challenge.

Panama City State Representative Jay Trumball’s legislation makes it easier to set up more trauma centers in the state. But hospitals say it will destroy the quality of care patients get. Doctors took to the Capitol Tuesday to oppose the measure.

Northside Hospital in St. Petersburg filed a letter of intent with the state to open Pinellas County’s second trauma center.

Getting to a trauma center quickly can be critical, and in the Florida Keys, there are no trauma centers.

That leaves you the option of being airlifted out.   And that can cost you nothing -- or tens of thousands of dollars. 

But Monroe County is trying to make sure patients have the chance to choose that first financial option. 

For years, hospitals in Florida have been fighting over the right to add new trauma centers. That fight came to an end this week, as four new trauma centers opened in Florida: One in Miami, one in Sarasota, and two in Central Florida.

Health News Florida's Abe Aboraya spoke with WMFE's Morning Edition Host Nicole Creston:

NC: Historically, there’s been one trauma center in Central Florida, and that’s Orlando Regional Medical Center. But that’s not the case anymore.

Hospitals Drop Trauma Challenges

Jul 29, 2014
Tampa General Hospital

Three Tampa Bay-area hospitals have filed notices that they are dropping legal challenges against trauma centers at Blake Medical Center in Manatee County and Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point in Pasco County.

The moves Friday by Tampa General Hospital, Bayfront Medical Center in St. Petersburg and St. Joseph's Hospital in Tampa were expected after an administrative law judge last month approved a new state rule for determining where trauma centers could be allowed across the state.

More Delays in Trauma Centers Fight

Jun 3, 2014

After three years of legal wrangling, challenges to the state's approval of trauma centers in Manatee and Pasco counties appear likely to linger through the summer.

Administrative law judges last week issued orders delaying until September the start of hearings in challenges filed by Tampa and St. Petersburg hospitals to trauma centers at Blake Medical Center in Manatee County and Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point in Pasco County.

New Proposal Emerges in Trauma Center Debate

Feb 5, 2014

The Florida Department of Health this week released a new proposal aimed at resolving a long-running legal and political battle about the approvals of new hospital trauma centers.

The proposed rule would create a formula for the approvals of trauma centers in 19 different areas of the state. Some parts of the hospital industry opposed an earlier version of the proposed rule late last year. The new proposal, like the earlier version, would use a scoring system that would take into consideration issues such as population, transport times to hospitals and community support.