Almost 10 months after the proposal for trauma centers to be located within a 15-minute transport time, there is a six-month wait to implement an Indiana legislative directive to determine the need for such facilities in Northwest Indiana.
The Northwest Indiana Regional Development Authority will engage a private firm to do a feasibility study on the need for these facilities.
Proposals are to be submitted by Oct. 25, but the contract will not be awarded until Jan. 3. I am sure this will be of great comfort to those who might be involved in a life-threating incident.
It would seem such a long lead time from study to implementation is not needed since a majority of the required data on these facilities is on file with law enforcement and other first responder agencies.
The statement by RDA President and CEO Bill Hanna seems to focus more on dollars rather than life-saving services.
- Gerald E. Jawor, Hobart