The General Assembly has taken important first steps to protect the financial integrity of the state's 13 trauma centers: approval of a study of their status and a special Trauma Center Fund to defray their expenses.The review is crucial because trauma centers are bleeding financially. The Sentara Norfolk General trauma center alone lost $6 million last year. It's sister trauma center in Virginia Beach was briefly dropped from Level II to Level III status, to the alarm of the city's leaders, because of financial pressures.
For Trauma Centers, Some Overdue First-Aid
The Trauma Center Fund is intended to help heal the wound. But the proposed $25 ...