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Updated: November 10, 2013 6:08AM



Trauma center
need is obvious

Once again an Indiana citizen has died in the state of Illinois after being involved in a auto accident in the state of Indiana.

And the reason for this two-state incident is that studies are being conducted to decide the feasibility of designating hospitals as trauma centers within a 15-minute travel-time limit!

It must be pointed out that this idea was proposed over a year and 10 months ago, and the end date and contract award of the designation as well as the award of a contract for these centers will not be until January 2014.

The strangest part of this entire “trauma center exercise” is that all one has to do is look at a map of Indiana, especially Northwest Indiana, and the feasibility of trauma centers with a 15-minute travel time will hit you in the face.

Major fully-staffed hospitals run along I-65, starting at Gary, Hobart, Dyer, Merrillville, and Lafayette. All these hospitals are much closer than Oak Lawn, Ill.

But of course some who are in authority must have dollar costs justified to potentially save a human life by eliminating a evacuation to another state. I will ask again: ‘“What is the dollar figure on a life in Indiana?’’

Gerald E. Jawor

Hobart



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