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Saint Alphonsus leads way in trauma care

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Posted at 6:39 PM, May 05, 2016
and last updated 2016-05-05 20:44:53-04

The top three causes of death in Idaho are due to trauma-related injuries, heart attacks and strokes.

After being one of four states without an emergency system in place, Gem state legislators formed the Time Sensitive Emergency Council.

The idea is to better coordinate EMT services and hospital procedures when every second counts.

Medical helicopters also play a vital role in this effort.

Saint Alphonsus is leading the way. On Thursday, staff celebrated their certifications in each category.

"What we want to do is have every hospital in the state, every provider in the state, every EMS agency in the state be a part of the system so that if you're hurt some place or you have a heart attack or stroke somewhere... that everyone knows how to activate the system," says Dr. Bill Morgan, chairman of the Time Sensitive Emergency Council.

The goal is to have all Idaho hospitals and first-responders on board by the end of the year.

Saint Alphonsus is the only hospital in the nation to receive all three trauma certifications at the same time.