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Congressman C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger

Representing the 2nd District of Maryland

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$1 Million for Shock Trauma Press Conference

Feb 6, 2006
Speech

Good Morning. 

It is so great to see “Team Maryland” successful again.  Senator Sarbanes, Senator Mikulski, Congressman Cardin and Congressman Cummings thanks for coming today. 

Mr. Jeffrey Rivest and Dr. Thomas Scalea of Shock Trauma thanks for all you do.  

We are all here today to announce a great addition to Shock Trauma. 

Shock Trauma is the cornerstone of Maryland’s EMS Trauma System. 

It is one of the best trauma systems in the world. 

Physicians, nurses, and technicians here care for more than 7,000 injured patients each year. 

The Maryland Delegation is pleased to announce $1 million in federal funding so even more lives can be saved. 

The money will create a new lab where new techniques will be developed and current methods will be tested to improve shock and trauma care.

This new research will not only benefit people here in Maryland, it will also benefit our men and women in uniform serving their country around the world. 

Military medical personnel already complete monthly rotations at Shock Trauma to help prepare them for their assignments in Iraq, Afghanistan, and around the world. 

Injuries suffered by troops on the battlefield resemble injuries sustained by law enforcement personnel and accident victims here at home. 

The discoveries made at the lab will help everyone.

The reason I am so committed to Shock Trauma is because Shock Trauma saved my life… and that’s why I decided to get into politics.   

I was in a serious car accident in 1975 when I was investigating a drug trafficking case as a State’s Attorney. 

I always say…  “The Lord wouldn’t have me and the Devil wouldn’t take me.” 

But thanks to the unwavering dedication of the doctors, nurses, and technicians at Shock Trauma and a little luck, I survived.  

I asked the doctors that saved me …  what I could do to help and they said “Run for Political Office.” 

So…  I did and here we are.

I continue to serve as Vice Chairman of Shock Trauma’s Board of Visitors. 

And I continue to give back whenever I can… especially in situations like this where we can help Marylanders and the military at the same time. 

Thank You.

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