Trauma Care

Each year, an estimated 700 Georgians lose their lives to traumatic injuries - lives that could be saved with trauma care within the "Golden Hour" - the sixty minutes that are absolutely critical in saving someone after a critical emergency. Our trauma care network is not sufficient in covering the state. With only 16 trauma hospitals, of which only five are designated as "Level-I" centers, many Georgians are left without access to trauma care within the Golden Hour.  

  • Trauma is the number one killer of Americans between the ages of 1 and 44, and the number three cause of death across all ages.
  • Of the estimated 40,000 cases of major trauma each year in Georgia, only about 10,000 are treated in designated trauma centers.
  • Georgia currently has only five "Level-I" trauma care centers, and only one south of Macon.
  • Georgia only has two trauma care centers dedicated for pediatric patients (both in metro Atlanta), leaving many of Georgia's youngest at risk.
  • Georgia's statewide trauma mortality rate is 20% higher than the national average, yet designated trauma centers in Georgia have an 8% mortality rate, indicating care at optimal time saves lives.

Georgia's community, Not-For-Profit hospitals operate 14 of the state's 16 trauma hospitals and four of five "Level-I" adult trauma centers.

Trauma care services are expensive. It is estimated that our hospitals, EMS providers, and physicians provide $250 million in uncompensated care each year. These costs prohibit other hospitals from being able to afford to provide the level of services needed to care for patients with traumatic injuries.

Georgia needs a statewide system for coordinating trauma services, working to ensure every Georgian has access to adequate care in the "Golden Hour" following a traumatic injury. A sustainable funding source - dedicated solely to the support of a comprehensive and statewide trauma system - is vitally important to the improvement of Georgia's trauma centers network.