The Hillsborough County Trauma Agency (HCTA) is an administrative office, organizationally positioned under the Health Care Services section of the Human Services Division. It derives its authority to operate from Chapter 395, Part II, Florida Statutes, and Section 64J-2, Florida Administrative Code. Staffing levels consist of one full-time employee, the Trauma Coordinator, and one consultant Medical Director.
The Trauma Agency is located in County Center at 601 E. Kennedy Blvd. Floor #16, Tampa, FL 33602. Hours are Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information about the Trauma Agency Gene Earley or call (813) 302-7356.
The mission of the Hillsborough County Trauma Agency is to reduce the incidence of death, disability and complications from injuries by planning, coordinating, and evaluating the county's trauma care system, which includes public access, pre-hospital care (air and ground ambulance services), acute hospital care and rehabilitation services. These activities, together with injury prevention efforts, can greatly lessen the human and societal costs of trauma.
The focus of the Trauma Coordinator’s activities at the level of pre-hospital care is to ensure that trauma patients are afforded appropriate and efficient access to the system, are accurately assessed, treated and triaged, and expeditiously transported to the hospitals best equipped to care for them. At the hospital phase of care, the scope of the HCTA’s review includes, but is not limited to, inpatient acute and rehabilitative care, interhospital trauma transfers, and all inhospital trauma deaths countywide.
The Agency convenes a county-wide committee for advisory input to assist with its work. This body, the Trauma Audit Committee [TAC], meets most months for the purpose of addressing hospital and prehospital provider quality of care issues concerning trauma, including the overall performance and coordination of the trauma care system.
The TAC membership includes representatives from all Hillsborough’s EMS providers, their medical directors, public emergency medical dispatch centers, trauma surgeons and trauma nurses from the trauma centers, plus physicians and nurses from community hospitals’ emergency departments. Analogous representatives from Pinellas, Pasco and Polk counties, the latter of which also regularly receives trauma patients from eastern Hillsborough County, also participate in this confidential forum.
In a variety of ways, the Trauma Agency supports and augments public, private and volunteer healthcare entities in their service delivery to assist them in providing the best possible care to our injured citizens and visitors. This directed purpose aligns with the County Administrator’s goal of defining essential core services, in partnership with the community, and providing the forum, structure and oversight to assure that the health and safety needs of the injured victims are responsively provided.
Jurisdiction-Trauma Service Area #10
Hillsborough County's trauma resources and geographical location holds important implications for its trauma system. The HCTA's jurisdiction, one of Florida's 19 trauma service areas, has both Tampa General Hospital and St. Joseph's Hospital, a level I and level II adult / pediatric trauma center respectively. These facilities, which comprise two of the state's trauma centers, provide not only the highest level of care for Hillsborough's severely injured citizens and visitors, they also treat injured residents of outlying counties not served by a trauma center. Additionally, Tampa General Hospital has the specialized services for burn and brain and spinal cord injured victims. There are nine other acute care hospitals with emergency departments in the county that receive and treat trauma patients.