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Part of a new Florida law touted as a way to end years of disputes over trauma centers is being challenged by a Miami-based hospital.

Orange Park Medical Center is celebrating a new state law cementing its status as a trauma center. The law settles a long-fought battle over how many trauma centers are allowed to operate in Florida and where.

More than a decade of discord over how to apportion Florida’s trauma centers may have come to a close Tuesday, with the Senate’s passage of what amounts to a compromise. 

Lawmakers Weigh Trauma Center Money After Shootings

Mar 2, 2018

In a move sparking opposition from some Republicans, Florida senators are considering a proposal to use money collected from gun owners seeking concealed-weapons licenses to pay medical costs for victims of mass shootings. 

The Senate has included the proposal in a major school-safety and gun-regulation measure drawn up in the aftermath of the Feb. 14 shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School that killed 17 people. The push to steer money to trauma centers came from Senate Minority Leader Oscar Braynon, D-Miami Gardens. 

Money Could Go To Trauma Centers After Mass Shootings

Feb 23, 2018
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Senate Minority Leader Oscar Braynon wants to create a $10 million program that would reimburse trauma centers for care provided to victims of mass shootings, and Senate President Joe Negron said he will support the effort. 

Proposed Deal Could End Trauma Battles

Feb 15, 2018
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Legal wrangling over new trauma centers and which hospitals should be allowed to operate them could come to an end under a proposal moving through the Legislature.

Senate Health Policy Chairwoman Dana Young, R-Tampa, said Wednesday the Senate, House and major players in the hospital industry have reached agreement on how to revamp the state’s 26-year old trauma rules.

“We have a deal,” Young told members of the Senate Health and Human Services Appropriations Subcommittee.

Lawmakers Look At Revamping Trauma System

Jan 30, 2018
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A House health-care panel on Monday approved a bill that would clear a path for increasing the number of trauma centers in the state’s biggest cities and changing rules that allow hospitals to challenge the designation of new trauma centers.

Proposal Would Revamp Trauma Center Law

Jan 4, 2018
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A House Republican wants to revamp a law that helps determine where trauma centers can open, including eliminating a cap of 44 trauma centers statewide.

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An appeals court Tuesday rejected a Leon County circuit judge's decision to issue a temporary injunction against a potential trauma center at a St. Petersburg hospital.

Judge Backs Proposed Pinellas Trauma Center

Dec 21, 2017
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An administrative law judge Wednesday said the Florida Department of Health improperly rejected a proposal to open a trauma center at a St. Petersburg hospital.

Trauma Center Approved For Children's Hospital

Dec 7, 2017
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The Florida Department of Health has signed off on a plan by Wolfson Children's Hospital to open a pediatric trauma center.

Tampa Bay Trauma Fight Continues To Brew

Jun 14, 2017
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Amid a series of legal battles across the state about new trauma centers, an administrative law judge has ruled that Bayfront Health-St. Petersburg and St. Joseph's Hospital in Tampa can intervene in a case to try to prevent a rival hospital from opening a trauma center.

Jacksonville Trauma Center Approval Challenged

Jun 7, 2017
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In a continuing escalation of legal fights about new trauma centers, UF Health Jacksonville has challenged a state decision to give preliminary approval to a new trauma facility at a rival hospital.

Jacksonville’s Wolfson Children’s Hospital is challenging the state’s rejection of its application to operate a trauma center.


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A dispute over cuts to hospitals is one of the reasons Florida lawmakers had to postpone their final votes on the new state budget to this week. It was finally approved and sent to Governor Rick Scott, where its future is uncertain. Health News Florida's Stephanie Colombini talks about those hospital cuts and other key health issues this session with Kathleen McGrory, health reporter for the Tampa Bay Times.


Certificate Of Need, Trauma Bills Die

May 7, 2017

Despite backing from House Republican leaders and Gov. Rick Scott, controversial bills that would have eased regulations on building hospitals and adding trauma centers died Friday night.

House Approves Trauma System Changes

May 1, 2017
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With little discussion, the House on Friday overwhelmingly approved a bill that would change criteria for approval of new trauma centers in the state.

The House voted 93-24 to support the measure, sponsored by Rep. Jay Trumbull, R-Panama City. Hospitals and the Florida Department of Health in recent years have repeatedly tangled in legal battles about whether new trauma centers should be allowed to open.

Health Department Rejects Trauma Center Ruling

Apr 28, 2017
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Amid a legislative debate about the approval of trauma centers, the Florida Department of Health on Thursday rejected a judge's ruling that the department improperly allowed a trauma facility to open at Orange Park Medical Center in Clay County.

House Ready To Approve Trauma Care Changes

Apr 27, 2017
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The Florida House could vote as soon as Friday to approve changes to criteria for opening new trauma centers, after years of legal battling about the approval of trauma facilities.

Rep. Jay Trumbull, R-Panama City, has revamped his legislation on the state’s trauma centers. It’s not clear whether the House bill will make it through the Senate because the Senate’s legislation on trauma centers is already dead.

House Revamps Trauma Care Plan

Apr 25, 2017
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A key House committee Monday scaled back a plan that would have eliminated a limit on the number of trauma centers in the state — but the panel sought to ensure that a disputed Jacksonville-area trauma center can keep its doors open.

Proposed Pinellas Trauma Center Challenged

Apr 19, 2017
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Amid a legislative debate about the state's trauma-care system, a proposal by a St. Petersburg hospital to open a trauma center has drawn a legal challenge.

House Bill Would Revamp Trauma System

Mar 2, 2017
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Saying Florida needs more trauma centers to care for injured patients, a House Republican has filed a proposal that would erase limits on the number of trauma facilities across the state.

Scott Wants To Revamp Health Care Facility Rules

Jan 25, 2017

Amid a new wave of legal battles about hospital projects, Gov. Rick Scott on Tuesday called for eliminating key regulations about building health-care facilities and opening trauma centers.

HCA Hospitals Favor Trauma Care Proposal

Oct 16, 2016
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Backing the Florida Department of Health, hospitals in Clay and Palm Beach counties are seeking to intervene in a legal battle about proposed changes to the state's rules for approving new trauma centers.

Hospitals Challenging Trauma Care Proposal

Oct 13, 2016
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Five major hospitals are challenging a proposal by the Florida Department of Health that would revamp the approval of new trauma centers — the latest chapter in years of legal wrangling about the state's trauma system.

Florida health care regulators are considering doing away with a rule limiting the number of trauma centers that can set up shop in each region.


Department Of Health Looks To Revamp Trauma Rule

Sep 8, 2016
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In the latest move in years of battling about Florida’s trauma system, the state Department of Health is looking to change regulations about how many trauma centers are allowed in different regions of the state.

Study Promotes Battlefields’ Lessons To Advance National Trauma Care

Jun 20, 2016
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Tens of thousands of American lives could be saved each year with a concerted national effort to emulate what top military and civilian trauma centers are doing, a prestigious panel of top medical experts reported Friday.

New Northeast Florida Trauma Center Refuels Fight

Jun 18, 2016

In another chapter in a long-running battle, a major Jacksonville hospital is challenging a decision by the Florida Department of Health to allow a rival hospital in Orange Park to open a trauma center.

The challenge, filed by UF Health Jacksonville, was sent this week to the state Division of Administrative Hearings, according to documents posted online.

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