Foundation Priority: Saving and Improving Lives

The CMAF supports a regionalized system of care, coordinates resources that deliver needed services, and addresses the issues confronting trauma and emergency services in an effort to save and improve lives in Central Ohio.


Grantee Partner – Central Ohio Trauma System (COTS)

COTS, a 501(c)(3) organization, is a voluntary, cooperative, self-regulating network of hospitals, city and county officials and healthcare professionals whose focus is to improve patient outcomes related to trauma, emergency services and disaster preparedness. They maintain an inclusive system where independent healthcare partners work together to resolve issues and facilitate initiatives that accomplish appropriate resource utilization.

COTS serves as a liaison between fire departments, EMS organizations and hospital emergency departments and uses a collaboration and shared value approach to solve difficult healthcare delivery challenges through evidenced-based research, data collection and best practices. They coordinate public-private partnerships that facilitate, support and strengthen healthcare and the ability to prepare for, respond to and recover from emergencies. They work with trauma centers, acute care hospitals, emergency departments and other experts to coordinate access and the provision of care to the injured. They coordinate and provide trauma education programs to assure that optimal trauma and emergency healthcare is provided in Central Ohio and elsewhere

To support this targeted priority and COTS’ effort to provide service and coordinate the utilization of trauma and emergency resources to improve patient outcomes, click here.