Do You Want More Trauma Centers Closer to Home...or Let the Government Decide?
(Chuck Muth) - Let’s say you’re
seriously injured in a car wreck in Sun City Summerlin.
Do you think
your chances of survival would higher if they take you to a nearby trauma
center in northwest Las Vegas - or if they take you all the way down to UMC in
downtown Las Vegas or St. Rose in Henderson?
the Southern Nevada Board of Health is meeting on June 23 to vote on whether or
not to allow three privately owned and operated hospitals here in Las Vegas
(MountainView, Southern Hills, and Centennial Hills) to open trauma
course, begs the question: Why do three privately owned hospitals need to ask
permission from government to increase the level of service they offer in the
is: Because that’s what “crony government” does.It picks winners and losers instead of
letting private businesses compete freely!
currently has only three trauma centers, all located in the southeast part of
There is a
Level 1 center at the government owned and operated University Medical Center
(UMC), a Level 2 center at Sunrise Hospital, and a Level 3 center at the St.
Rose Dominican Hospital – Siena Campus.
None of these
hospitals are located in the Northwest or Southwest parts of the valley.
requesting approval are located in the Northwest and Southwest parts of the
valley and would cut down on travel time for people in these areas in need of
these vital trauma services.
members of the Regional Trauma Advisory Board (RTAB) recommended against adding
the three new trauma centers even though we have not added a new trauma center
in 12 years.
time our population has grown by 30 percent!
So why would
these people vote against allowing more trauma centers in Las Vegas?Why would they not want better access to
these critical services for all residents of the valley?
most of the unelected members of the RTAB work for the hospitals that currently
have trauma centers and voted against allowing other hospitals to compete
employers don’t face any competition for these vital services and they want to
keep it that way.
If you find
this as outrageous as I do, here is what you can do about it…
The RTAB does
not have the final say in this matter.The Southern Nevada Board of Health (SNBH) will meet on Thursday, June
23 at 8:30 a.m. to make a final decision on this.
of the SNBH are open to the public, so we encourage you
to attend this meeting on June 23 to express your support for expanding the
number of trauma centers we have in our area.
membership of the SNBH is made up mostly of elected officials who should care
more about the health of the citizens of our area than businesses trying to
If you can’t
attend the meeting on June 23, give the members a call or e-mail them your
concerns.The elected officials on the
Southern Nevada Board of Health are: