By Chris Fish
ROCKLEDGE -- A local surgeon was named the State Trauma Medical Director on Aug. 28, receiving the honor from the Florida Department of Health.
Dr. Ernest Block, Rockledge's Health First Medical Group trauma surgeon medical director, will now assist the DOH with planning, development, implementation and evaluation of Florida's trauma system.
This will also include adult and pediatric trauma care, disaster preparedness, injury prevention and mass casualty response.
Sean Gregory, Health First Holmes Regional Medical Center president, said he was pleased with the announcement.
"Dr. Block is a talented, insightful physician leader, and we are extremely proud of this statewide honor and accomplishment," he said. "Under his leadership, Health First has expanded its telemedicine program, which links multiple trauma centers throughout the state in a disaster response. In addition, thanks to Dr. Block's expertise, we have been able to expand our coverage for surgical services throughout the entire Health First system."
Jenni Hatter, media relations specialist for Health First, said that Dr. Block has served in several roles in the field of trauma care and is renowned statewide as a trauma surgeon, professor of surgery, as well as a published author and researcher.
Also, Dr. Block will remain a member of the hospitals Trauma Team, where he most recently served as Trauma medical director.
In a press release, Dr. John H. Armstrong, State Surgeon General and Secretary for Health, said he is looking forward to working with Dr. Block.
"Our state is very fortunate to have Dr. Block join our trauma team," he said. "Dr. Block's leadership and performance improvement expertise will help our state's trauma system move forward for the benefit of all of Florida's citizens and visitors."
The goal of the DOH is to protect, promote and improve the health of all people through integrated state, county and community efforts.
Health First is a nonprofit and Central Florida's only fully integrated health system.