Cleveland mayor holds news conference on trauma system, area hospitals

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CLEVELAND-- Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson was joined by hospital officials for a news conference about the Northern Ohio Trauma System on Wednesday.

The Northern Ohio Trauma System was established in 2010 to better treat patients with traumatic injuries in our area. On Wednesday, it was announced that University Hospitals would share its expertise with NOTS.

The system includes three level I trauma centers: MetroHealth Medical Center main campus, University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center and Cleveland Clinic Akron General Hospital.

"We're going to combine policies and procedures, and we're going to look at outcomes and we're going to evaluate best practices and share them among each other," said Dr. Robert Wyllie, Cleveland Clinic Chief of Medical Operations and Chairman.

University Hospitals opened the region's third level one trauma center in late 2015. Last year, UH treated about 2,000 trauma patients while Metro treated about 1,700 fewer trauma patients, a decrease of about a third.

The hospital systems say this network is about paramedics getting the right patient to the right hospital for their injury fastest.

NOTS was instrumental in planning for last summer's Republican National Convention in Cleveland.

"We were prepared for mass casualties and all of us prepared together," Wyllie said. "This is the next extension of this collaborative work."


MetroHealth System Executive Vice President and Chief Clinical Officer Dr. Bernard Boulanger and University Hospitals Interim Chief Medical Officer Dr. William Annable were also be in attendance.