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An application by Northside Hospital to open a trauma center in South Pinellas County has been denied by the state health department. Bayfront certainly welcomes this news, but we anticipate Northside filing another application soon, even though a new trauma center is not needed. Trauma programs are highly specialized services that are tremendously expensive to develop and maintain. Bayfront Health has a strong trauma center with the capacity, expertise and experience to effectively serve the community. The proposed trauma center at Northside is not needed and its opening could threaten Bayfront’s long-standing trauma program. We need to stay vigilant to keep this unneeded trauma center from opening.