Health

Hospital enters into agreement with Hughston Clinic

Google+ Pinterest LinkedIn Tumblr

Gwinnett Medical Center (GMC) has recently entered into a management agreement with Hughston Clinic. Through this agreement, two orthopedic trauma specialists, Bruce Ziran, MD and Philip Kregor, MD, are now affiliated with GMC-Lawrenceville. Based on their expertise, the hospital can continue to meet the demand for orthopedic trauma care which can range from simple isolated fractures to severe life threatening accidents with multiple broken bones.

Dr. Ziran is certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery and the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. Dr. Kregor is certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery. Both surgeons are with the Hughston Clinic, which was founded in 1949 and provides orthopaedic services, specializing in areas in spine, hand, joint, sports medicine and trauma.

“Through this agreement, GMC will continue to meet the critical needs of patients requiring trauma critical care said Phil Wolfe, president and CEO of GMC. “We realize that complex traumatic injuries with multiple broken bones, compound fractures and fractures near a joint or the pelvis are more difficult to treat, and our patients can only benefit from this new arrangement.”

“This partnership allows us to extend the critical expertise provided by the Hughston Clinic for years in central Alabama and Georgia,” said Mark Baker, CEO of the Hughston Clinic. “Patients only stand to reap the benefits. We applaud GMC”s commitment to trauma care and are proud to be on their team.”

GMC-Lawrenceville is one of Georgia”s busiest Level II trauma center, with 932 trauma team activations in 2013. It is one of nine Level II trauma centers in the state and is the only designated trauma center in Gwinnett County. Trauma is an injury to the body including those that are self-inflicted, intentional or unintentional. It can impact a single body system or multiple systems.

Level II designation is given to hospitals with resources available to treat trauma patients 24 hours a day, including trauma surgeons, specially trained nurses, a trauma registry and access to equipment and operating rooms.  A designated trauma surgeon is available at all times. GMC trauma nurses – trauma nurse specialists (TNS) – are trained specifically to care for trauma patients of all levels.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, injuries are the leading cause of death for children and adults ages 1–44. Furthermore, nearly 45 million Americans do not have access to a Level I or II trauma center within one hour of being injured, also according to the CDC.

Gwinnett Medical Center Trauma Services Fact Sheet

  • Gwinnett Medical Center (GMC) in Lawrenceville is a state-designated Level II trauma center. It is one of eight Level II trauma centers in the state and is the only designated trauma center in Gwinnett County. GMC has been a designated trauma center since 1990 and obtained Level II status in 2003.
  • Trauma is an injury to the body including those that are self-inflicted, intentional or unintentional. It can impact a single body system or multiple systems.
  • Level II designation is given to hospitals with resources available to treat trauma patients 24 hours a day, including trauma surgeons, specially trained nurses, a trauma registry and access to equipment and operating rooms.
  • A designated trauma surgeon is available at all times. GMC trauma nurses – Trauma Nurse Specialists (TNS) – are trained specifically to care for trauma patients of all levels. These individuals wear red shirts and are assigned to each trauma case. Orthopedic, neurosurgery and complex facial trauma specialists are also available if needed.
  • The trauma team has access to radiologic services and two state-of-the-art resuscitation rooms. Furthermore, an operating room is available 24 hours a day for trauma/emergency cases and a helicopter landing pad is kept ready. The addition of the Strickland Heart Center and GMC”s open heart program further expanded the trauma care capabilities.
  • GMC participates in the state trauma registry, which is used for activities like research or in tracking injury patterns or complications, for prevention and performance improvement purposes.
  • As a designated trauma center, the hospital receives trauma patients from all over the area. However, 88 percent of GMC”s trauma patients come from incidents within Gwinnett County.
  • GMC is equipped to handle all trauma levels from minor injuries to those who are critically injured, with the exception of burns.
  • GMC treated more than 1,100 trauma patients in 2011.