Our region is based on the trauma referral pattern into our Level II hospitals in Duluth, MN,
Our region is very rural covering covers 5 counties, 6,100 square miles and 85,000 citizens - That's just under 14 people per square mile.
After review of WHEPP, RTAC, public health and WEM regional maps, the Department of Health Services has announced that they will modify the regional boundaries of the public health regions and RTACs to match the existing Hospital Preparedness (WHEPP) regions. Discussion began last Fall as an effort to improve communication and planning efficiencies and follow the Federal health care coalition model. The Emergency Management regions will not be changing but they will have an active role in health care coalition building.
DHS did point out that hospitals, EMS agencies and other providers should still participate in the region that makes sense for them regardless of what the map says. Participants should be active in the region that matches their patient referral patterns.
The changes to the Lake Superior Region are huge! We will be joinging with two addional regions that fit into WHEPP Region that extends from Ashland County to the Minnesota border in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area. This change is dispite the fact that we each have unique patient referral patterns. DHS is beginning work on the plan of how we will move to these new regions and how these regions will be funded. Barring general budget cuts, the overall amount of money designated for the trauma system is not changing. They did say that any formal changes will be at least 11 to 15 months away.
No Word on New State Trauma Coordinator
No word from DHS yet on any possible new hires for the State Trauma Coordinator position. The position has been vacant for eight months now and the only word from the State is that they have candidates and are in the second round of interviews. Keeping our fingers crossed!
The good news is that an epidemiologist has been hired and is starting soon. The epidemiologist will mine, extract, massage and interpret the data from our various programs to help put of all the great information to work for our programs.
Lake Superior RTAC Membership and PI Meeting
March 26th Hayward Area Hospital
PI Meeting at noon (closed)
Membership at 1300
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Comprehensive Advanced Life Support
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Highway 27 South
Hayward, Wisconsin 54843
Trauma Module March 4, 2014 6-9pm
Provider Course March 5-6, 2014
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