PANAMA CITY - Bay Medical Sacred Heart has earned the right to continue it's level two Trauma Center services.
The Florida Department of Health granted Bay Medical Level II trauma center provisional status in May 2012. The accreditation process has taken four years.
"A lot of that is training," said Dr. Glenn Summer, Trauma Medical Director.
The trauma center is the only one between Tallahassee and Pensacola.
"We're providing the best trauma care that can be provided in the Panhandle. it really closes a gap in the panhandle," said Summer.
The hospital was fully approved on December 1st and they can now treat patients involved in any accident that occurred within 50 miles of the hospital. At least one of the hospital's trauma doctors is no more than 30 minutes away from the hospital at all times.
Local James King says this is a great idea and could not have come at a better time.
"With the tourists that comes around here. The accidents we see. I live north of fountain, so we see a lot of accidents around here. This will help get the response a little bit better," said James King.
There has not been any trauma centers in this Panama City area.
"I think this doesn't get done unless its 100 of people behind it. So the fact that we are able to hang that shingle means that we have had a lot of people pulling in the same direction," said Summer.