Holland Kiwanis

The Holland Kiwanis met at the Holland American Legion on June 2. President-elect Dana Peacock called the meeting to order. The Holland Kiwanis' pancake and sausage breakfast was discussed. This event will take place on Saturday, June 5, and proceeds will go to fund the Holland Kiwanis Scholarship Program. With no further business Dana Peacock turned the meeting over to Randy Flamion who introduced the speaker of the day, Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center Trauma Program Director Vicki Stuffle.

Stuffle explained the mission statement of the Trauma Program. She noted that trauma is the third leading cause of death in all ages. It is the leading cause of death for people between the ages of 1 and 44. It causes more than 192,000 deaths per year and 3 million hospitalizations per year. She noted that falls account for the most frequent injuries. Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of serious injuries, while firearm fatalities are increasing each year. The estimated annual cost of trauma injuries is $585 billion in medical and lost productivity.

Stuffle explained the trauma registry program and how many people were admitted to Memorial Hospital and Health Center. She also explained that MHHCC has applied for a Level III designation. She also explained how trauma patients are handled at MHHCC and the relationship with other hospitals.

A short question and answer followed the presentation and the meeting was adjourned.

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