As Pinellas County’s designated trauma center, Bayfront is able to quickly assemble a specialized team to care for traumatic injuries. Excellence in trauma care has become an integral part of the services we provide to residents of West Florida.
Our trauma program began in the mid-1980’s when the hospital developed a new emergency and trauma center. In 1986, the Bayfront Trauma Center earned a Level II trauma center designation from the State of Florida. Today, the hospital continues to be recognized as a Level II Trauma Center by the Florida Department of Health. In addition, Bayfront Health and Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital have a joint certification from the Department of Health to treat pediatric trauma patients.
Also in 1986, Bayfront implemented the Bayflite Emergency Helicopter Transport System, which services more than a dozen counties in West Florida. Bayflite is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for any medical situation that may arise from Charlotte County to Marion County. Each helicopter is staffed with a pilot, nurse and paramedic and equipped with advanced critical care transport equipment.
An application for a proposed trauma center at Northside Hospital was denied by the state Department of Health in May, but Northside is expected to reapply. This trauma center is not needed, and its opening could threaten Bayfront’s long-standing trauma program.
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