Last month, University Hospitals announced that they would open a second level 1 trauma care center in Cleveland on the city’s east side as early as this fall.
With the exception of east siders, the decision was met with a resounding "why?" but we want to ask, "why not?"
For decades, MetroHealth Medical Center, part of the Cleveland Clinic network, has been the only level 1 trauma center to serve nearly two million Northeast Ohioans.
Take a look at Ohio’s largest city centers: Columbus and Cincinnati both have two level 1 centers and tiny Toledo has three!
To be fair, Metro has done a heroic job serving thousands and lowering trauma deaths. But should we be concerned that competition between the two trauma units will result in more fatalities?
How is saving lives a competition? Bring out all the statistics you want, but to the layman, this is sounding more like a fight over money than care. Are hospitals telling us that when the chips are down, hospital officials, all grown adults with years of education and experience, can’t play nicely together in the sandbox to provide the best possible care for our most critically injured people?
University Hospitals' level 1 center is going to happen. Both University Hospitals and MetroHealth will be caring for people in their darkest hours.
So maybe both facilities should stick to the business of saving the lives on the gurney in front of them…instead of worrying about what’s going on in the emergency room across town.
I’m Dominic Mancuso and that’s how we see it.
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