He put Legacy Emanuel Medical Center's compact trauma center on the same floor as the helipad and straightened the corridors from helicopter to operating room. He placed a CAT scan and "stat lab" (for quick lab results) nearby to eliminate elevator rides, and assigned medical staff to the right and left sides of the bed according to their functions, to prevent bumping into one another.
Long developed the Emanuel Trauma Program 22 years ago and directs the program. It's one of two level 1 American College of Surgeons verified trauma centers in Portland -- the other is at Oregon Health & Science University. For all the stress and trauma he's around, Long comes across as calm and measured, the eye of the storm. He shares some of his knowledge accumulated over decades of working on injuries most of us can't imagine.