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Pediatric Trauma

When a child is injured, you expect the experts to take them to the right hospital. But dozens of children across Florida are being taken to trauma centers that are not equipped to help them. It can cost them their lives.



How HCA turned trauma into a money-maker

Getting injured in Florida has never been more expensive. Hospital Corporation of America, the nation’s largest hospital chain, is a big reason why. How one company is driving up the cost of care across the state.



Trauma Fee

If you’re in an accident and wind up at a trauma hospital, you probably expect a big bill. But here’s a surprise: The meter is running before you see your first doctor. You could be charged as much as $33,000 just for coming through the door.



  1. Tampa Bay Times, WFTS-Ch. 28 win Emmy for trauma center investigation


    The Tampa Bay Times and WFTS-Ch. 28 have received an Emmy Award for their joint investigation into trauma centers across Florida.

  2. Trauma fees growing across the nation at 'absurd' rate


    Ben Taub General Hospital in Houston runs one of America's most distinguished trauma centers, taking on thousands of severely injured patients every year.

  3. Taking children to the wrong trauma center can be a deadly mistake


    One April evening two years ago, 9-year-old Justin Davis dashed into a busy Jacksonville street, headed to a convenience store for snacks.

    Pasco County Driver Engineer/EMT with Engine 14 Wilfred Cardona gives the command to lift a trauma patient involved in a car accident in New Port Richey.
  4. Six things everyone should know about kids and trauma in Florida (w/ video)


    Last year, paramedics raced at least 1,300 Florida children to hospitals with injuries so severe, they required attention from a team of trauma specialists. Not all of these kids, however, got the same level of care. Because, as the Tampa Bay Times points out in A trauma room at St. Joseph's Hospital in Tampa. [Times files]

  5. Florida hospitals drop challenges to HCA trauma expansion

    State Roundup

    The contentious battle over the expansion of trauma care in Florida ended quietly Friday as Bayfront Health St. Petersburg, Tampa General and St. Joseph's hospitals dropped their legal challenges against new trauma centers owned by Hospital Corporation of America.