The measure designates burn trauma centers treating at least 300 burn patients annually as designated facilities of the Georgia Trauma Care Network Commission. That designation paves the way for trauma network funding for treatment of indigent burn victims at the centers.
Deal said that despite its fast-paced growth, Georgia has only two major burn trauma centers. One center is at Doctors Hospital in Augusta; the other is at Grady Hospital in Atlanta.
The Republican governor said the state must ensure it is equipped "to provide critical care to victims of these life-threatening injuries."
Deal signed the measure into law at a ceremony Thursday in Augusta.
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