Does Northwest Arkansas Need a Level One Trauma Center?

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In a deadly Rogers crash Wednesday, several people are left severly injured.


But Northwest Arkansas is without a level one trauma center, forcing the victims to be transported to Springfield, Missouri.

The driver involved in the crash – Lindsay Frame – died after being rushed to Mercy Hospital.


The other passengers now sit almost 100 miles away from home fighting for their lives. 


Four level one trauma centers surround Northwest Arkansas.

With hours of travel needed to get to the nearest one patients and families are in danger.


According to the American College of Surgeons, in order to receive a level one trauma center status hospitals must admit at least 1,200 trauma patients a year, or have 240 admissions with an injury severity score of more than 15.


As a first responder, Chief Clint Bowen with the Rogers Fire Department said seeing these accidents reminds him of the need in Northwest Arkansas.

 
“We believe that Northwest Arkansas is large enough now, I mean we’re getting bigger everyday it appears that I think we have the need for a level one trauma center,” said Rogers Fire Department Rescue Chief, Clint Bowen.

Frame’s brother Zach tells us he and his family wish there was a level one trauma center available during his family’s accident.


He adds, “It’s hard to have to travel and not know what’s going on, when theres an accident and someone has minutes to survive, yet they have to be transported afar and more times than it should be they dont make it.”

Frame adds traveling back and forth adds a lot more expenses to the already piling medical bills and makes the process of grieving that much harder.

Zach Frame’s Full Statement:

“I dont know why we dont have one now, this isnt the first time I’ve had to travel, I’ve known several that have had to make the same trip, and when you have to travel back and forth or stay for however long expenses add up really fast along with not being able to get up to the hospital quickly in case something happens. It’s very unfortunate we dont have a trauma center, as big and fast as this area is growing, theres alot of people moving around here and money coming in. It’s about time we have one. It’s hard to have to travel and not know what’s going, when theres an accident and someone has minutes to survive, yet they have to be transported afar and more times than it should be they dont make it.”

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