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APThe University Medical Center in Tucson has one of the few Level I trauma centers in the state of Arizona. Such Level I centers are usually located only in heavily-populated areas due to the expense of running them, but they are also the only places capable of performing complex, specialized surgeries, like the ones that saved U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords’ life after she was shot in the head earlier this month.

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Regular readers of the Miner may notice how frequently victims of car accidents and other serious injuries must be flown out of the state for medical attention, rather than taken to a local hospital.

By James Chilton January 28, 2011
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