Become a Trauma Center

The Process

A trauma system is an organized response to managing and improving the care of severely injured people. It spans the continuum-of-care from prevention and pre-hospital care through acute care and rehabilitation. Rural areas may not have the means to provide this full continuum of resources; therefore, preventable death rates due to trauma in these areas may be considerably higher than urban areas. It has been estimated that such rates could be as high as 85%. This rate can be decreased through an integrated statewide trauma system.

Media Notification of Trauma Center Accreditation Status

The Pennsylvania Trauma Systems Foundation disseminates a statewide press release of all accredited Level I and II trauma centers annually on October 1 and all Level III trauma centers annually on November 1.

In the event a new trauma center is accredited, a press release is done prior to the deadlines established for previously accredited trauma centers in collaboration with the hospital.  This is to assure EMS providers are aware of the new trauma center and are educated accordingly to assure appropriate triage to the closest trauma center meeting criteria based on the patient’s injuries.  

It is vital that accreditation communications come directly from the PTSF first.  The Foundation suggests that new trauma centers have all hospital media notifications be reviewed by the Foundation for accuracy prior to publication.  

Please contact Juliet Altenburg, Executive Director, at 717-697-5512 with further questions.

A statewide trauma system

  • Makes the delivery of trauma care cost effective
  • Reduces the incidence of inappropriate or inadequate trauma care
  • Prevents unnecessary suffering and reduce the personal and societal burden resulting from trauma

The goals and objective of a trauma care system include

  • Providing optimal care for the trauma victim
  • Preventing unnecessary death and disability from trauma and emergency illness
  • Conducting trauma prevention activities to decrease the incidence of trauma

You can become part of the Pennsylvania Trauma System!

  • Contact PTSF for an on-site or web-enabled visit to discuss becoming a trauma center
  • Partner with a Level I or Level II Trauma Center