JACKSONVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) — Sen. Thom Tillis announced at a roundtable at Onslow Memorial Hospital Wednesday that Naval Hospital Camp Lejeune is transitioning into a trauma center and will officially change its name to Naval Medical Center Camp Lejeune.
It will serve military members and civilians paving the way for a joint-military trauma system. It will be the first of its kind in the nation and provide military medical professionals with the skills and case volume they need to perform the combat casualty care mission.
“It speaks to our readiness of coming together through any type of conflict so it’s really a great opportunity for the community and also a great training opportunity for our men and women in uniform to provide medical service on the battlefield,” Sen Tillis said.
There are only 14 trauma centers in the state, and it will be only the third trauma center east of I-95 in North Carolina.
There is currently a system in place similar to this in Texas, which will be used as a model. In this joint system, hospitals will be the training platform for clinical experience for corpsmen.
“We can provide trauma care but often times what you’ll see in small and rural hospitals is that they may have limited resources or secondary resources,” Dr. Penny Burlingame Deal, CEO of Onslow Memorial Hospital, said.
After the roundtable, Tillis toured Naval Hospital Camp Lejeune.