WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. - Are there enough trauma centers in Florida? It's an issue the Florida legislature could be tackling before the session ends Friday.
Amendments to Senate Bill 966 and House Bill 817 could make it to a vote as early as Thursday.
As of now, the Department of Health and other organizations monitor trauma centers in Florida. They make sure the centers have the right kind and number of doctors. But some of the amendments would deregulate the trauma centers... which would likely lead to a surge of trauma centers in Florida.
"If there are too many trauma centers, you are going to compete on resources such as doctors, nurses, technicians, and physical therapists. You won't have enough to staff the trauma center," Davide Carbone, the CEO of St. Mary's Medical Center said.
St. Mary's and Delray Medical Center are the two trauma centers in Palm Beach County.
Steven Ciavola says the Delray trauma center saved his life in 2009 when he was hit on his motorcycle by a drunk driver. Ciavola doesn't want to see any changes to the way trauma centers operate.
"Everyone was there when I needed them and if they spread it out... the quality is going to go away," Ciavola said.
Carbone says it's way better to have a limited number of trauma centers with the right doctors in place.
"We don't have to wait for them to show up... they are already here before the patients even get here," Carbone said.
As of Wednesday, it looked unlikely the amendments would make it to a vote before the session ends.
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