A regional trauma organization as a coordinating body for a regional pandemic response: A brief report


  • Jodi Keller, RN
  • Sherri Kovach, RN, MS
  • Gregg M. Gascon, PhD
  • Robert E. Falcone, MD




regional trauma organization, COVID-19, pandemic


The outbreak of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) caused by the 2019 novel coronavirus (SASRS-CoV-2) in 2019-2020 had a substantial impact on the healthcare resources of the world community. An organized regional response was essential to saving lives, preserving and distributing health care resources, and coordinating health care efforts. This brief report describes how a long-established regional trauma organization (RTO) provided that coordination in Central, Southeast, and Southeast Central Ohio during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Author Biographies

Jodi Keller, RN

Associate Director of Healthcare System Emergency Preparedness and Central Regional Healthcare Coordinator, Central Ohio Trauma System, Columbus, Ohio

Sherri Kovach, RN, MS

Executive Director, Central Ohio Trauma System, Columbus, Ohio

Gregg M. Gascon, PhD

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Biomedical Informatics, The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio

Robert E. Falcone, MD

CEO, COTS, and Adjunct Professor, Surgery, The Ohio State University College of Medicine, Columbus, Ohio


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How to Cite

Keller, RN, J., S. Kovach, RN, MS, G. M. Gascon, PhD, and R. E. Falcone, MD. “A Regional Trauma Organization As a Coordinating Body for a Regional Pandemic Response: A Brief Report”. American Journal of Disaster Medicine, vol. 15, no. 4, Oct. 2020, pp. 227-40, doi:10.5055/ajdm.2020.0372.




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