BRADENTON — Blake Medical Center announced this morning it plans to establish a $2.5 million Level II trauma center by October 2011.
The trauma center, which will consist of two trauma bays in Blake’s emergency room, will be the first located within Manatee, Sarasota and Desoto counties.
Currently, trauma patients are transported to Bayfront Medical Center in St. Petersburg or Tampa General and St. Joseph’s hospitals in Tampa.
“In trauma the name of the game is time,” said Dr. Brian Kimbrell, who was hired to be the medical director of the new trauma center. “Having a trauma center not only saves precious time but it develops a greatly needed resource in our community.”