Leaders rally for funding of level 1 trauma
City willing to give some but can't do it alone
With the possibility for hundreds of deaths to result from the impending closures of both local level one trauma centers, city and county leaders are rallying to allocate funds to keep first-rate trauma care in Tucson.
Tucson mayor Bob Walkup said he would recommend that the city provide some funding to help University Medical Center, 1501 N. Campbell Ave., stay open.
"We will not stand by and let the level one trauma care collapse in Tucson," he said in a press release. "Despite a very difficult city budget situation, I will support and recommend to the city council a fair-share contribution towards the short term funding gap if we determine that it is required to maintain level one trauma care in Tucson."