About us


The Pennsylvania Trauma Systems Foundation (“The Foundation”) is the accrediting body for trauma centers throughout the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The Foundation was created by the combined efforts of the Pennsylvania Medical Society and The Hospital & Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania along with the Pennsylvania State Nurses Association, the Pennsylvania Emergency Health Services Council and the Pennsylvania Department of Health. The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania first recognized the Foundation in December 1984 when Act 209 was signed into law by Governor Thornburgh. Act 209 expired in June 1985 and a comprehensive Emergency Medical Service Act (Act 45) was signed into law in July 1985 again recognizing the Pennsylvania Trauma Systems Foundation as the accrediting body for the trauma centers in Pennsylvania.


Optimal outcomes for every injured patient.


We are committed to Zero Preventable Deaths from injury in Pennsylvania.


  • Excellence - We promote and support quality results and optimal outcomes through continuous performance improvement, education and collaboration.
  • Innovation - We seek and support research and best practices that standardize and shape the future of trauma care.
  • Integrity - We are committed to honesty, fairness and transparency.
  • Teamwork - We encourage respectful multidisciplinary collaboration to develop standards, solve problems and achieve common goals.


Through our unique:

  • Expert team of accreditation, performance improvement and trauma registry professionals;
  • Advanced technology for the acquisition of trauma center data and performance improvement;
  • Committees comprised of trauma center staff focusing on patient outcomes, trauma registry data, standards of accreditation and research;
  • Relationships with state and national trauma organizations;
  • Streamlined Trauma Center Accreditation process;
  • Board of Directors comprised of administrators, legislators, nurses, and physicians who are leaders in their field;
  • We will deliver value to the trauma centers and customers we serve by:
  • Providing quality education to hospitals;
  • Educating the public and legislators on the value of trauma centers/systems;
  • Providing data to support clinical and trauma system research;
  • Participating in national trauma center/system forums to advance trauma care statewide and nationally; and
  • Developing strategic plans to provide the highest caliber of trauma center care in the country.


A 20-member board of directors governs the activities of the Foundation.  This board is comprised of professionals with administrative and clinical expertise in the field of Trauma and Emergency Medicine.  Members are nominated by a variety of organizations including:

  • Five (5) members representing the Hospital & HealthSystem Association of Pennsylvania
  • Five (5) members representing the Pennsylvania Medical Society
  • Two (2) members representing the Pennsylvania State Nurses Association
  • One (1) member representing the Pennsylvania Trauma Nurse Advisory Council
  • One (1) member representing the Pennsylvania Chapter of the American College of Emergency Physicians
  • One (1) member representing the Pennsylvania Emergency Health Services Council
  • The Chairman and Minority Chairman of the House Health Committees
  • The Chairman and Minority Chairman of the Senate and Public Health and Welfare Committee
  • The Secretary of the Department of Health, or designee


The final determination of trauma center accreditation status occurs at the annual Foundation board deliberation meetings.  Information collected from surveyors who conducted trauma center site surveys are reviewed by the board of directors. All site survey/accreditation information is blinded and a strict conflict of interest policy is enforced. 


There are multiple standing committees within the organized structure of the Foundation.  Committees comprised solely of board members serve to assure compliance with the bylaws of the Foundation and internal policies and procedures regarding operations and accreditation.  Committees with membership that extends beyond the board membership serve to advance the Foundation’s strategic plan.

Board Committees comprised solely of board members are:

  • Conflict of Interest
  • Executive
  • Nominating
  • Finance
  • Policy & Procedure

Committees that include membership beyond board members are:

  • Outcomes
  • Performance Improvement & Patient Safety
  • Standards
  • Trauma Registry
  • Trauma Research
  • Trauma Injury Prevention
  • Ad Hoc Trauma Systems Development


The Foundation is a non-profit corporation under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Service code. Primary funding is obtained through fees associated with the accreditation process.