Date of Graduation


Document Type


Degree Name

Bachelor of Science

Degree Level



Industrial Engineering


Milburn, Ashlea B

Committee Member/Reader

Root, Sarah E..


With the Arkansas trauma system framework having been so recently enacted, analysis of the suitability of the trauma center location configuration has yet to be explored. A variety of optimization models were created that placed an emphasis on different objectives. These results were then used to evaluate the effectiveness of Arkansas’s current system in relation to the optimal system generated by the mathematical models. Initial results indicated the areas that are not covered by the current trauma system. In addition, further research revealed the optimal number of trauma centers that could service the same population currently being served. Assessing the suitability of the current system offers the possibility of exploring an alternative allocation of resources to improve the location configuration and better serve the health services needs of the people of Arkansas.