A Michigan hospital has opened up an experimental trauma center for children with severe injuries, according to a new report from the Associated Press.
A large number of pediatric patients are admitted to the hospital for trauma each year, according the American Hospital Association.
It’s the first time a pediatric trauma center in the U.S. has been built specifically for children, the AP reported.
The trauma center was originally opened in August 2017 and has now been operating for nearly a year.
The hospital opened its doors in September 2018 to a total of 20 patients.
The center is staffed by trauma surgeons, physical therapists, and emergency medical technicians, as well as a psychologist and nurse practitioner.
The staff is paid $1,500 per day, the Associated News reported.
The trauma center is operated by Mercy Health System, which has been the subject of criticism for some time.
In the past, the hospital has received criticism for its handling of trauma patients.
In October 2018, the New York Times reported that Mercy Health had an ethical code of conduct that was so lax that a nurse practitioner was told to write a personal apology to a patient whose injuries were so severe that she had to be transferred to another hospital.
While the hospital says it’s doing everything it can to improve its policies, some critics are questioning the ethics of the hospital and its treatment of trauma victims.
“I am very concerned about the way Mercy Health is treating the children who need care, including some of the most vulnerable,” Dr. David C. Stemmer, president of the Michigan Association of Trauma Centers, told the AP.
“They’re treating the most severely injured with no respect for the laws of the land and the rules of the game.
They’re treating them like criminals.”
“It’s important for parents to be aware of what’s going on in their community and understand the legal and ethical issues around the trauma centers,” he added.
Dr. Christopher M. M. Riddle, the head of the trauma center, has denied the allegations, saying that Mercy has a “truly professional and compassionate” staff.
He has also said that the center has been “doing everything it’s supposed to be doing.”
The Associated Press reported that the hospital was set up in response to the rise in injuries in the Twin Cities area, where many children are hospitalized in the emergency department for trauma.
It also noted that many parents have been forced to travel far to get their children to a trauma center that will provide them with intensive care.
While there is no evidence to suggest that Mercy is the cause of increased injuries, the facility has opened its arms wide and is now offering trauma care for children as young as four years old, as The New York Daily News reported in September.