Message From the Chairman

GTC Chairman Dennis W. Ashley, MD, and Executive Director Elizabeth Atkins, MSN, RN
November 19, 2021

The fiscal years 2020 and 2021 were marked by a global pandemic that changed the healthcare landscape and challenged care delivery models. The entire trauma system, from injury prevention to rehabilitation, was impacted. Trauma system strategic initiatives appropriately took a back seat to the safety and well-being of our citizens.  In collaboration with our system partners, the Georgia Trauma Commission (GTC) successfully responded to the pandemic by shifting funding priorities in support of efforts to reduce the transmission of COVID-19 and protect the safety of our frontline providers.

Despite these challenges, the GTC was able to execute one of the largest funding injections aimed at rural trauma since its inception.  One-time funding allocation for every eligible trauma center, startup grants for candidate trauma centers, and financial support for national benchmarking participation was achieved with the amended budget allocation. The GTC continues its mission-critical work around advocacy and prevention of traumatic injury through awareness events throughout the state including the annual Trauma Awareness Day at the Capitol.  We look forward to the future and are focused on developing the statewide benchmarking capability to drive high-quality clinical outcomes and accountable care for the citizens of our great State.