Trauma patients sent to Tampa again

By Times Staff Writer
Published March 1, 2008


Bayfront Medical Center started diverting trauma patients to Tampa again Friday because it had no neurosurgeons available for emergencies, state regulators said.

The situation is expected to last through the weekend.

It was the second time this week that Pinellas County's only Level II trauma center had to stop taking trauma patients.

Two of the hospital's four neurosurgeons recently stopped working emergency calls. Neurosurgeons are among 10 specialists the hospital must have on call to be considered a trauma center. The hospital is still talking to the neurosurgeons, as well as trying to recruit others for emergency work, Bayfront spokeswoman Kanika Tomalin said.


Woman's death in fire appears to be suicide

Authorities have identified the woman who died in a house fire on Feb. 23 as Patricia McMin, a 58-year-old woman with a history of mental illness.

Authorities have said it appeared McMin's death in her home at 1137 55th Ave. N was a suicide. They found gas cans and petroleum inside the home, and said the doors were padlocked from the inside.


Rep. Brown-Waite's husband has cancer

U.S. Rep. Ginny Brown-Waite on Friday said she was absent from Congress this week to be with her husband, Harvey, who has been diagnosed with cancer.

Brown-Waite was the target of a protest by about 75 people angry over her characterization of Puerto Ricans as "foreign citizens."

She said she plans on returning to Washington once she knows more about her husband's prognosis.