OP Medical Center clears up emergency room confusion
Hospital says emergency department still open despite no trauma status
Orange Park Medical Center is trying to clear up confusion after state health officials pulled the hospital's trauma center status last week.
Hospital officials released a statement Thursday saying the hospital's emergency department is still open and ready to serve patients 24 hours a day.
Last week, the state Health Department said it had completed a review of the hospital's trauma center and said it didn't meet the standards for a level two trauma center.
The hospital says its emergency room can still handle ill and injured patients.
Patients with the most severe, life-threatening injuries, like those from car accidents, shootings and drownings, need to go to a trauma center.
That would be Shands Jacksonville Medical Center or Shands at the University of Florida in Gainesville.
The hospital says it is planning to appeal the Health Department's decision.
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