Central Ohio Trauma System

Our Mission:
The Central Ohio Trauma System (COTS) is a group of physicians, healthcare professionals, and other experts working together to improve patient outcomes related to trauma, emergency services, and disaster preparedness.

When Drs. Ed Bope, Robert Falcone, and Theresa Long started COTS under the auspices of the Columbus Medical Association (CMA) in 1998, they had no idea it would become such an important asset for the citizens of Central Ohio.

Many good people from the regions hospitals, emergency medical services (EMS), fire departments, and public health department worked to organize and standardize care for the injured. As their success grew, they took on a number of other issues: disaster preparedness and coordination, non-injury emergencies, professional education, and research. In fact, COTS and its physician volunteers teach more Advanced Trauma Life Support Courses (ATLS) than anywhere else in the United States, and their protocols and practices provide benchmarks for other regional organizations nationwide.

All of these important accomplishments would not have happened without the unwavering support of the CMA and the financial support of its Affiliate, the Columbus Medical Association Foundation.

Looking Forward 

Today, COTS is a significant force in the Central Ohio community around issues of trauma, emergency services, and emergency preparedness. The Central Ohio Trauma System is THE organization where patient care issues affecting more than one stakeholder group can be brought and addressed in a neutral forum.  It is the one place in Central Ohio where no matter which stakeholder groups are involved in addressing the issue, the PATIENT is always at the center of decisions being made.  The work done by the COTS stakeholders ultimately benefits the patient even though no direct patient care services are provided through COTS.

The success of COTS is due to the tireless dedication of many stakeholders---physicians, nurses, EMS providers, public health experts, emergency response personnel, registrars, program coordinators, administrators, and countless others.  Without these unsung heroes, a regionalized system of care could not be possible.