Arkansas Governor Beebe signed the trauma system into law March 13, 2009. This will establish a statewide system of emergency care to ensure people injured in serious car wrecks or other serious traumas are able to get the emergency medical care needed as quickly as possible.
It will create a communications network to help emergency responders transport patients directly from the accident scene to the hospital best able to treat their injuries.
Applications were mailed out to hospitals who desired to participate in this. Those hospitals who wish to apply, must turn their applications in by July 1, 2009. Those who are approved will begin receiving grant monies from the Health Department to purchase necessary equipment to meet the trauma center criteria.