House passes O’Halleran-led bill to improve rural trauma and emergency care

Jon Johnson File Photo/Gila Herald: U.S. Rep. Tom O’Halleran during a visit to Pima in 2018.

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WASHINGTON – Last week, the House of Representatives voted to pass the Improving Trauma Systems and Emergency Care Act, legislation introduced by Congressman Tom O’Halleran (AZ-01) to provide much-needed resources and funding to improve rural and underserved trauma centers and emergency services.

“In recent years, rural trauma and health centers in Arizona’s First District have been stretched thin, many without the resources needed to support the doctors and first responders working tirelessly to provide critical care to our communities during times of crisis,” said O’Halleran. “Our bill ensures rural communities are fully equipped to respond to emergency situations, and I was proud to see it move forward today.”

The Improving Trauma Systems and Emergency Care Act:

  • Reauthorizes and improves critical trauma readiness programs;
  • Improves coordination between emergency medical services and trauma care centers during the time of a public health or other emergency;
  • Funds a grant program to support emergency medical services and trauma care at rural trauma care centers; and
  • Assists rural trauma centers to develop innovative uses of technology, training and education, and patient transportation.