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Saturday, May 26, 1984
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CooAnfleleagitnta TRAUMA: Palomar Hospital Defends Sacramento Scramble 8 Part llSoturday, May 26, 1984 J Continue Inm Fact 1 earlier this year designated six central San Diego County hospitals as trauma centers. At the same time, it rejected both Palomar and Tri-City on grounds they were not qualified to handle the most seriously injured emergency cases. But in the face of political heat from North County, the board said it would designate one of the hospitals as a trauma center later this year if it met the necessary conditions. The board's decision pitted North County's two major hospitals against one another in a contest for the important designation, which would bring the victor millions of dollars in patient fees along with added prestige. Trauma experts have said that eight trauma centers would be too many in San Diego County, because it would leave individual centers with too few patients for doctors to maintain their specialized trauma skills. Dailey said Friday that as long as there is a trauma center to serve inland North County, he would not be concerned about the possibility of diminished trauma expertise countywlde because of too many trauma centers overall. "I personally don't feel any pain about that. I feel absolutely no pain In getting the citizens of this district a trauma designation at Palomar. That (too many trauma centers) is their (San Diego's) problem, not ours. There was an indecent rush to get a trauma system, comprised of the' six downtown hospitals, In place," Dailey said. "We are elected members of this board, with an obligation and a duty to the citizens of this district to do what they expect of uawhlch is to provide them with the best quality medical care at the best possible price." Long Distant Apart Both Palomar and Trl-City should be designated as trauma .centers, assuming they meet all the requisite medical standards, because each la in its own health facility planning area and is significantly removed geographically from the other trauma centers, Dailey argued. Officials at Trl-City Hospital were not aware of the proposed legislation until they read of It In The Times on Thursday, said Trl-City spokesman Mark Havel. "We are now studying it," he said. "We don't have any reason yet to Too many trauma centers 'is their problem, not ours.' either object to it or support it." But, he said, the hospital's reaction to the Idea "was not unfavorable." Ken Dillard, executive director of the Palomar Pomerado Hospital District, said Friday that preparation of the draft legislation was kept quiet purposely "until we got to a certain point In the language and the lobbying," because "there could be adverse reaction. The fewer people who knew, the better." Dillard, who serves as president of the Hospital Council of San Diego and Imperial Counties, said he has heard "no questions, no recriminations and no anger expressed by any of my colleagues downtown" In regard to the proposed legislation. . Frazee said Friday that the final wording hasn't yet been prepared nor has there been a decision to advance the proposal as a separate bill or, more likely, to offer It as an amendment to an existing bill scheduled to be heard In the Senate's Health and Human Services Committee. Jmt a Trial Balloon' Richard Ledford, Frazee 's administrative assistant, attended Palomar's press conference and said the assemblyman wasn't so much committed to the legislation as he was simply "floating a trial balloon, to raise the issue." Eastman, the Scripps trauma chief, faulted Palomar Memorial Hospital officials for their logic in pursuing the legislation, arguing that the health facilities planning areas cited by Dailey "have never had anything to do with trauma, In anybody's book." Slmms at the county Health Services Department said that trying to plan regional trauma care by using the health facilities planning areas was an "apples and oranges" situation. "The bill raises some fundamental questions that appear to be in conflict with the regionalized approach to trauma care," Slmms said. As it Is now proposed, the legislation could pave the way not only for the Palomar and Trl-City hospitals to become trauma centers but also a hospital in the South County health facility planning area, where no hospital has sought the trauma designation, Slmms noted. The hospitals designated as trauma centers arc Grossmont in La Mesa, UCSD Medical Center and Mercy in Hillcrest, Scripps Mcmori-al-La Jolla, Sharp Memorial In Kearny Mesa and, for younger trauma victims, Children's Hospital. San Diego A man ho! anil killed a woman at her residence In the 1200 block of West Pennsylvania Avenue, then killed himself In an apparent mur-dcr-ulcldc laic Friday afternoon, police said. The names of the vie-Urns, who police said were in their 30s, were not released pending notification of next of kin. The bodies were found on a bathroom floor by a friend of the dead woman. Both had been shot In the chesi. Police said they had not established a motive. Coronado A 31 -year-old Coronado woman Jumped to her death Friday morning from the Coronado Bridge, according to the coroner's office. Anne H. West Jumped from the eastbound lane of the bridge about half a mile from Coronado. Harbor Police received a call about the jumping and recovered the body about 1 1 a.m. in San Diego Bay. It was not known how the woman got on the bridge. PROPOSITIONS: Special Issues on Ballot Continued from Page 1 make the mayor's post an elective office. Voters also will be asked to decide whether the mayor. If directly elected, should hold office for a two- or four-year term. 4 Propositions In Earondldo In Escondido, voters will be faced with four propositions F, G, H and J dealing with duties, salaries and spending limits of the city clerk's and treasurer's departments; a rent-control board for mobile home parks; greenbelt and annexation controls around the city, and cable television restrictions on "Indecent material." Proposition F is a citizens' effort to restore the salaries and powers of office to both the Escondido city clerk and treasurer, powers that were removed by the City Council in a dispute over investment of city funds. Proposition G would impose rent controls on mobile home park owners and would establish a review commission to oversee their implementation. Proposition H is an attempt to check City Council annexations, which have led to urbanization of large tracts of agricultural lands around the city's boundaries. Proposition J, an initiative measure placed on the ballot by Escondido voters, is aimed at the Times Mirror Cable Television system, which serves the city. The initiative' supporters claim that audio portions of allegedly "indecent programs" on the system's extra-fee movie channels are clearly heard on non-subscribers' TV sets. Since the measure qualified for the ballot. Times Mirror has announced that it will provide any subscriber with scrambler equipment that will prevent any reception of the sometimes spicy Playboy Channel or other other pay -TV stations. 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