Albany -- The Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital board approved a study to find out what it would take for the Albany Hospital to become part of the State's Trauma Network.
There are five first level trauma hospitals in the state where top surgeons and physicians are kept on duty 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to treat the worst injury cases.
Macon is the closest to South Georgia, and Phoebe officials know that is not good for victims. Phoebe CEO Joel Wernick said "this state is behind the curves when it comes to having a well organized trauma network, as well as the funding associated."
Wernick said Phoebe would rate as a level two trauma facility with one of the busiest emergency rooms in South Georgia.
The hospital will study what it would take to move up to level one and whether it's worth the expense.