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April 7, 2008

Thomasville-- A bill that would have generated millions of dollars for Georgia's ailing hospital trauma system died Friday night when the legislature adjourned for the year.  

The bill that would have added a $10 fee to car registrations and could have raised as much as $74 million for the states 15 trauma centers. Now they have to rely on the $53 million in the 2008 budget. And there will be no additional money for 2009.

Kelli Vaughn, R.N., and the Trauma Coordinator for Archbold Hospital says, "Its going to help the system that's broken at this point. It will help it a little bit but its like putting your finger in a dam that's leaking. I mean its just a temporary fix."

Archbold Hospital in Thomasville is the only designated trauma center south of Macon. Advocates for the bill say the much needed funding could have convinced other hospitals to come on board.

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