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Ask the Times: New hospital in Braselton doesnt have trauma status
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Mike Davidson of Braselton prepares to leave the emergency room at Northeast Georgia Medical Center Braselton on Wednesday morning after treatment. Davidson was one of the first patients to use the new hospital on its first day of operation.

Is the new Northeast Georgia Medical Center Braselton hospital a Level II trauma center like the one in Gainesville?

No, it isn’t, according to Sean Couch, manager of public relations and marketing at Northeast Georgia Health System.

Patients who need interventional heart care, obstetrics patients and those with major trauma will still need to be taken to Northeast Georgia Medical Center’s main campus in Gainesville.

There are different trauma levels ranging from one to five. A Level I trauma care hospital means that it is capable of providing total care for every aspect of a traumatic injury, from prevention through rehabilitation.

The Gainesville hospital is a Level II trauma center; it can manage the same type of patients as a Level I center but is not required to do trauma research or to have residency programs.

Still, most emergency cases can be treated at the new 100-bed hospital, which is off Ga. 347 near Ga. 211/Old Winder Highway.

The Braselton hospital will take pressure off the Gainesville hospital’s emergency center and will provide shorter response times for patients within the surrounding Braselton area, which can truly make a life or death difference.

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