December 19, 2008 - Harrogate, Tennessee, December 19, 2008 – Lincoln Memorial University-DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine (LMU-DCOM) was one of a number of local institutions that helped to put on the recent Rural Trauma Team Development Course (RTTDC) at Claiborne County Hospital in Tazewell, Tenn.

The RTTDC has been developed by the ad hoc Rural Trauma committee of the American College of Surgeons Committee on Trauma to help rural hospitals with the development of their trauma teams. The goal is to improve quality of care by developing a timely, organized, rational response to the care of the trauma patient and by developing a team approach that addresses the common problems in the initial assessment and stabilization of an injured patient. LMU-DCOM and the Emergency Coverage Corporation (ECC) of Team Health provided financial support to the RTTDC.

“The integration of pre-hospital care, emergency department evaluation and trauma center management gives each trauma team member invaluable insight into the difficulties we face during each phase of the trauma patient’s care,” said Dr. Robert Wilmoth, assistant professor and chair of surgery at LMU-DCOM. “The generosity of LMU-DCOM and Emergency Coverage Corporation of Team Health is a demonstration of the commitment these organizations have not only for the local community, but also to the continued education of those providing their medical care.”

“ECC’s first priority is to provide the best quality of patient care,” said Dr. John Staley, president and CEO of Emergency Coverage Corporation of Team Health. "This proactive, innovative trauma course initiated by Dr. Wilmoth, along with the collaboration of the ER physicians, nursing staff and EMS ensures the best education and preparation for trauma patients, which should help make Claiborne County patients feel great about the hospitals and their service.”

Wilmoth was an instructor of the course, as was Dr. Todd Nickloes, a trauma surgeon from the University of Tennessee Medical Center in Knoxville. Dr. Nickloes is also a clinical adjunct faculty member in surgery at LMU-DCOM. Course attendees included emergency department administrative staff, EMS personnel, emergency department nurses and emergency department physicians from Claiborne County Hospital.

“As the region’s Level I Trauma Center, we are happy to provide continuing education opportunities like RTTDC to enhance care provided to injured patients,” said Nickloes. “We were impressed by the enthusiasm the attendees had for providing optimal care to their community.”

The DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine is located on the campus of Lincoln Memorial University in Harrogate, Tennessee. LMU-DCOM is an integral part of LMU’s values-based learning community, and is dedicated to preparing the next generation of osteopathic physicians to provide healthcare in the often underserved region of Appalachia and beyond. For more information about LMU-DCOM, call 1-800-325-0900, ext. 7082, e-mail, or visit us online at

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