Sen. Staton Honored for Contributions to Trauma Care and Injury Prevention

statonATLANTA (November 19, 2013) – Sen. Cecil Staton (R – Macon) was recently honored for his many contributions to trauma care during the Emory Center for Injury Control’s 20th Anniversary Celebration and Fundraising Event.

“It was an honor to be recognized by the Emory Center for Injury Control,” said Sen. Staton. “As one of the foremost leaders in trauma and injury prevention, Emory is doing a remarkable job working to prevent unnecessary injuries and violence.  I look forward to continuing my partnership with Emory and trauma care networks throughout the state to make Georgia a safer place to live, work and raise a family.”

Sen. Staton was recognized for his commitment and service to the Emory Center for Injury Control and for supporting injury prevention efforts in the State of Georgia. All proceeds from this year’s 20th Anniversary Celebration and Fundraising event will go toward supporting projects funded by Emory Center for Injury Control partners and future injury and violence prevention programs.

According to the Emory Center for Injury Control, violence and injuries are the leading causes of death for individuals between one and 44 years of age.  Each year, nearly one person every three minutes or 180,000 people annually die from violence and other related injuries.

“The Emory Center for Injury Control- a multi-university consortium in Georgia and a Centers for Disease Control funded Injury Control Research Center- celebrated its 20th anniversary by recognizing 20 luminaries of injury and violence prevention. Sen. Cecil Staton was recognized as a key legislator in these efforts.  Specifically, Sen. Staton was instrumental in the formation of the Georgia Trauma Commission and improving trauma care for all Georgians, “said Debra Houry, MD, MPH, associate professor of emergency medicine and director of the Emory Center for Injury Control.

During the 2007 Legislative Session, Sen. Staton sponsored Senate Bill 60, which was responsible for establishing the Georgia Trauma Care Network Commission. For additional information on the commission, visit:


For Immediate Release:
November 19, 2013

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