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Trauma Services

The right care when trauma strikes

Saving lives when every second counts
Highway crashes, natural disasters, ATV and gun accidents are common causes of trauma in our region.
In rural Pennsylvania, rough terrain and long distances can slow emergency response times. And when the unthinkable happens, the window of time between life and death is often cut short. 
That’s why enhancing small town trauma care, easing the burden on families and improving care for  critically-injured patients is key to saving more lives in our small communities.

Sixty-percent of all trauma deaths in the United States occur in rural areas.

--celebratepowerofrural.org, “About Rural Health in America”

Geisinger is there

Saving time when lives depend on it
Our trauma staff are available around the clock, 365 days a year, and can handle multiple, complex trauma cases simultaneously. And they stay up-to-date with latest techniques in traumatic and post-traumatic care. Plus, Geisinger Medical Center is the only Level I Regional Trauma Center in our region, with a complete team of trauma specialists to help you or your loved ones with:

  • Rapid medical transportation for victims (including Geisinger Life Flight)
  • Telemedicine for remote diagnoses and care
  • Enhanced decision-making support
  • Assistive technologies for assessment and treatment

Our region’s only pediatric trauma center
Through our Janet Weis Children’s Hospital, Geisinger Medical Center is one of only six accredited pediatric trauma centers in PA—and the only accredited pediatric trauma center for North Central PA.

State-accredited trauma care
To ensure you receive highest quality trauma care, the Pennsylvania Trauma Systems Foundation inspects us regularly and reports on our ability to meet strict state standards.

Geisinger Life Flight: Life-saving care in the air
Just like the Pennsylvanians it serves, Geisinger Life Flight rises above whatever stands in the way of helping a neighbor in need. Serving an average of 3,000 patients a year, LifeFlight cuts critical care response time with six (6) air ambulance services operating 24 hours a day, seven days a week from the following locations:

  • Geisinger Medical Center, Danville
  • Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Airport, Avoca
  • University Park Airport, State College
  • Williamsport Regional Airport, Montoursville
  • Goodwill Fire Department, Minersville

Life Flight also provides aerial transport for physicians, critical medical supplies and time-sensitive medications.
Prevention is key 

The number one way to prevent trauma is to prevent risk-taking behaviors. Learn more about our trauma outreach efforts to find out how we’re saving lives through community education.