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Congratulations to Dr O'Mara, Medical Director, OhioHealth Grant Medical Center Trauma Program

From Vinson Yates, President, OhioHealth Grant Medical Center

I am pleased to announce that Michael Shay O’Mara, MD, MBA, FACS, has been named medical director of the OhioHealth Grant Medical Center Trauma Program. Dr. O’Mara has been serving as the interim medical director of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery at Grant since March 2013. Previously, he served as associate medical director of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery. Prior to joining OhioHealth, Dr. O’Mara was the medical director of the Acute Care Surgery Medical Group in Sacramento, California. Dr. O’Mara received his MD from the University of Iowa and his MBA from Auburn University. He completed his residency in general surgery at The Western Pennsylvania Hospital and a fellowship in critical care and trauma at the University of California Davis Medical Center. He is board certified in Surgery and Surgical Critical Care and is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons. In his role as medical director of Grant’s Trauma Program, Dr. O’Mara will have oversight for all clinical and strategic operations related to trauma services at Grant, including community outreach, research, education, prevention, and maintenance of the Level I trauma verification. Please join me in congratulating Dr. O’Mara on his new role.

Register for the Trauma Care 2013 Conference

Register for the 2013 Trauma Care Conference

For more than a decade, the OhioHealth Grant Medical Center Trauma Care Conference has been providing central Ohio and the rest of the state with up to date and cutting-edge topics related to trauma. This year we continue this tradition with keynote speaker Neil Jasey, MD, director of Brain Injury Services at The Kessler Institute for Rehabilitation.

The conference is open to all medical and nursing disciplines as well as the general public. The event is being held on November 12 and 13, 2013 at NorthPointe Hotel and Conference Center in Lewis Center.

For more information or to register online visit:  regonline.com/traumacare2013GMC

Grant Level 1 Trauma Care Conference: November 13-14, 2012

OhioHealth Continuing Medical Education presents:

Grant Level I Trauma Care Conference 2012

November 13 & 14, 2012

The Conference Center at NorthPointe

9243 Columbus Pike Lewis Center, OH 43035

This past year our program has been one of growth. Professionally we have strengthened our program with physicians, staff and programs and are pleased to share what we have learned over the past year.  Clinically we are delivering world class care for an ever increasing number of patients.  We have expanded our services to include acute care surgery and increased our excellent Trauma Nurse Practioner program. 

This year’s conference will explore traditional practices versus current evidence based practices that are beneficial to the trauma patient.  You will interact with the presenters as they challenge your knowledge using the Audience Response System throughout the two days. 

We are excited to present Dr. Kenji Inaba, MS, MD, FRCSC, FACS, from Los Angeles County + USC Medical Center, University of Southern California speaking about non-invasive surgical intervention on complex liver injuries and management of penetrating thoracic injuries.  It is our hope that you will find the conference intellectually challenging and professionally rewarding. 

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Watch “24 Hours of Trauma” featuring OhioHealth's Grant Medical Center tonight at 7PM on 10TV

Tune into “10TV News Presents” tonight at 7 p.m. to watch “24 Hours of Trauma” featuring OhioHealth’s Grant Medical Center.
10TV came to Grant Medical Center in late May to give viewers a look at the inner workings of our Level I Trauma Center and the units, physicians and staff who care for these patients and their families.
They spent 24 hours shooting footage as 19 Trauma patients were brought in and cared for by the Trauma team.
Many thanks to our teams at Grant, MedFlight, Fire-EMS departments and the many others involved.

More gunshot victims survive

…Trauma surgeons say stopping the bleeding and getting patients to hospitals quickly are vital.

“With penetrating trauma … the motto ‘scoop and run’ is what it’s about,” said Dr. Doug Paul, medical director of trauma services at Grant Medical Center. “The bottom line is that penetrating wounds put holes in things that need clamped, a stitch in them or a finger on them.”

Paul said even gunshot wounds to the heart no longer mean certain death.

“We’ve probably had six of those in the last 12 months who have gone out of here through the front door,” Paul said.

Still, the line between life and death remains razor-thin.


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Save the Date for Grant's Trauma Care Conference on November 8-9, 2011

The Trauma Program at Grant Medical Center is proud to present the 2011 Trauma Care conference.This year’s focus is on the many aspects of communication surrounding the care of the trauma patient. It is our hope that you will find the conference intellectually challenging and professionally rewarding. The conference will explore traditional practices versus current evidence based practices that are beneficial to the trauma patient. For example, are we fluid resuscitating our patients appropriately or do we need to change our practice? Communicating changes in practice and patient’s status is essential to effective trauma care. We are honored to welcome Dr Martin Schreiber and Janet Froetscher as the keynote speakers at this year’s event.


Dr. Schreiber will challenge our current thinking in fluid resuscitation and associated coagulapathies. He is a nationally renowned traumatologist with extensive research in the areas of fluid resuscitation and coagulapathies. A well‐known lecturer, Dr. Schreiber has spoken at several national trauma meetings including the 2011 Trauma Critical Care Acute Care Surgery conference in Las Vegas. Currently he is a professor and the Chief of the Division of Trauma and Critical Care for Oregon Health & Science University in Portland, Oregon. He has authored numerous articles on coagulapathy and complications from fluid resuscitation. Furthermore, he is a native Ohioan and we welcome him back to the Midwest.


Janet Froetscher is the President and CEO of the National Safety Council. She is passionate on the risk of distracted driving and has appeared on several national television programs including Oprah and Dateline advocating for injury prevention. She has been influential in advocating for six states to pass no hand held cell phone use laws while driving. She tirelessly continues to help other states in the same direction. Her dedication to preventing distracted driving, including texting while driving, is an integral part of trauma injury prevention. She has a message that we can all communicate to our patients, families, and friends.


After this informative two days you should be able to effectively handle these challenges. Grant Medical Center continues to strive to be the leader in trauma care for Ohio setting pace with national programs in treatment, service, research, and innovation. We continually challenge the status quo of health care and work tirelessly to “Improve the health of those we serve.” 


Contact Info:

Sean Mahoney, MSN, RN, Grant Trauma Program, 111 S. Grant Ave, Columbus, OH., 43215

Phone: 614‐566‐9726 Fax: 614‐566‐8392 E‐mail: smahoney@ohiohealth.com

Grant Welcomes Dr. Jennifer Hartwell, Trauma Surgeon, to Our Team of Specialists

Jennifer Hartwell, MD, has joined Grant Medical Center as a full-time trauma surgeon. Dr. Hartwell joins fellow trauma surgeons Doug Paul, DO, FACOS; Joshua Hill, MD; Patrick McGann, MD; Urmil Pandya, MD; and Jason Straus, MD.

Dr. Hartwell completed her general surgery residency at the University of Illinois at Chicago and completed a trauma and critical care fellowship at the University of Tennessee Health Sciences Center where she was administrative chief resident from 2009 to 2010. She also is a member of the American College of Surgeons. Please join us in welcoming Dr. Hartwell to her new role at Grant.

Grant Trauma Surgeon Updates

Dr. Urmil B. Pandya is a board-certified trauma surgeon who has worked at Grant since 2008. He completed his general surgery residency at Riverside Methodist Hospital and earned his medical degree from Northeastern Ohio Universities College of Medicine. He completed his trauma fellowship at Grant in 2008. Dr. Pandya has been a strong role model for the Trauma Program and provides leadership within the trauma service for staff and residents. In his role as Trauma Associate Medical Director, he will be responsible for the overall function of the trauma critical care service to include research, education, quality and performance improvement. Please welcome Jason P. Straus, MD, as a full-time, board-certified surgeon in Grant Medical Center’s Trauma Program.


Dr. Jason P. Straus is a board-certified trauma surgeon who completed his general surgery residency at Wright State University School of Medicine and completed a surgical critical care/trauma fellowship at Orlando Regional Medical Center. He completed one year of a cardiothoracic fellowship at Indiana University School of Medicine. He is an Advanced Trauma Life Support instructor and an instructor for the Fundamentals of Critical Care Support course (FCCS). Dr. Straus served as a locum tenens trauma surgeon at Grant and Bethesda North Hospital in Cincinnati. He earned his medical degree from St. George’s University School of Medicine.

2011 Referring Hospital Appreciation Luncheon and the Grant Trauma "Golden Hour Award" for Referring Hospitals

We appreciate all of our referral centers for providing excellent care and careful consideration when patients need to be transferred to a trauma center. Over 35% of our trauma patients come from referring hospitals. Your quick responses, early stabilization and transfer of trauma patients is vital to excellent patient outcomes.

In June, Grant Trauma hosted our 2nd annual referring hospital appreciation luncheon and we would like to thank all who attended. During the luncheon we recognized Southern Ohio Medical Center as the recipient of our “Golden Hour Award”, This annual award recognizes a specific referring hospital for outstanding service of response and stabilization of the trauma patient. As we continue through our busy season we are on the lookout for examples of exceptional care to become 2012 nominees for this award; good luck. We hope to see your facility join us for next year’s luncheon and award ceremony, and, as always, we look forward to continuing our collaboration with facilities and improving trauma care throughout Ohio.

Trauma system data shows some trauma patients are undertriaged in Franklin County

From the Central Ohio Trauma Systems (COTS) First Quarter 2011 newsletter:

The COTS Regional (Trauma) Registry collects data on approximately 13,000 trauma patients annually who arrived at COTS-member hospitals for care. In 2009, the COTS Registry revealed that 772 trauma patients with serious injuries were transported by EMS to non-trauma centers within Franklin County. Although the State’s Trauma Triage Criteria allow for exceptions to transporting trauma patients to trauma centers, a question is raised:

why in Franklin County, with five verified trauma centers, would EMS choose to transfer injured patients with risk to life or limb to a non-trauma center, given that a trauma center is within a few minutes’ drive from anywhere in the county?

The COTS Registry reveals that of the 772 patients transported to non-trauma centers in Franklin County in 2009, 629 or 81% had NO physical findings consis- tent with the state’s existing trauma triage criteria. This means that these 629 trauma patients were “under-triaged” as trauma patients by EMS. One major factor in under-triage is EMS trauma triage criteria that fail to delineate symptoms or conditions indicative of signifi- cant trauma injuries.

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