UMC Announces New Institute for Injury Research and Prevention

Each year more than 2,700 people are treated for devastating injuries in the Level 1 trauma center at Memorial University Medical Center (MUMC). Sadly, many of those injuries could have been prevented.

To improve the health and wellness of the entire region, MUMC has created the Institute for Injury Research and Prevention.

This new Institute will use research, education, training, and outreach to reduce the impact of injury and violence in our region. The Institute is the vision of Gage Ochsner, M.D., FACS, chief of trauma services and surgical critical care at MUMC.

“We see so many traumas that could have been much less serious and even prevented if only the patient had taken appropriate precautions,” said Ochsner. “As an academic medical center, MUMC has the infrastructure in place to create an outstanding injury prevention institute based on research and prevention.”

A team of physicians, nurses, researchers, educators, and other health professionals will lead the Institute. They will identify the leading causes of preventable injuries in our region and provide education to significantly reduce those incidents. The Institute will also provides education on an array of topics related to safe driving, hunting, water sports, ATV use, cycling, workplace injuries, life-changing falls in the senior population, and other causes of injury.

Memorial University Medical Center is a twostate healthcare organization serving a 35-county area in southeast Georgia and southern South Carolina.

The system includes its flagship hospital, a 530- bed academic medical center; Memorial primary and specialty physician networks; a major medical education program; business and industry services; and NurseOne, a 24-hour call center.

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