The official first step in improving trauma care on the island was taken in Waimea on Friday.
The inaugural meeting of the Big Island Trauma Advisory Council took place at North Hawaii Community Hospital. Hospital leadership, physicians and emergency first responders from all regions of the island met to talk about developing a systems approach for trauma care providers in Hawaii County.
According to the numbers, the need to improve trauma care, especially in the area of transport time, is evident.
Hilo Medical Center has been designated at the lead facility in this initiative.
In 2007, the Hawaii State legislature released funding through the Department of Health to organize the statewide trauma system, which facilitated the creation of the Big Island Trauma Advisory Council.