HCA, USF Health Sign Six Year Affiliation Agreement for Trauma Services

HCA has signed a six-year affiliation agreement with Tampa, Fla.-based USF Health to form a statewide trauma network in Florida, according to a Tampa Bay Business Journal report.

The agreement was announced earlier this week but no specific details were disclosed. Now, the two groups are saying the agreement will involve USF physician staffing for the trauma centers at five HCA hospitals in Florida. HCA will spend approximately $20 million to expand and equip the centers, according to the report.

The five hospitals involved include Blake Medical Center in Bradenton, Fla.; Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point in Hudson, Fla.; Kendall Regional Medical Center in Miami; Lawnwood Regional Medical Center in Fort Pierce, Fla.; and Orange Park Medical Center in Jacksonville, Fla.

All five hospitals have applied for Level II trauma center designation, according to the report.

Tampa General Hospital is opposing the plan, arguing that there is not evidence that an expansion of trauma services in the area is warranted.

HCA and USF aim to have all of the new centers open and operating by Oct. 1, 2011.

Read the Tampa Bay Business Journal report on HCA trauma centers.

Read previous coverage on the HCA trauma centers:

- University of South Florida to Affiliate With HCA for Trauma Care

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