UF Health Drops Lawsuit, ORMC Trauma Center Will Stay Open
Published July 16th, 2014
OCALA---An Ocala trauma center with a questionable future has received a final verdict: it will get to stay open.
On Monday, UF Health Shands voluntarily dropped litigation towards Ocala Regional Medical Center that threatened to close their trauma center's doors.
UF Health said in a statement Wednesday that it would not be "fruitful" to pursue this legal issue further.
UF Health previously said opening another trauma center would increase the cost of patient care and that the Florida Department of Health did not follow the proper protocols in approving the Level II trauma center.
Ocala residents say having the center there provides them with an extra sense of comfort.
"Being a resident here, when you have an emergency, it's kinda nice to be able to get to the trauma center as quickly as possible," said Ocala resident Sue Jackson.
Since the 2012 opening of the $6.5 million trauma center, over 3,200 people have been treated.
The center serves residents from Marion, Citrus, Lake, Sumter, Levy and Hernando counties.
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