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Trauma Transfer

Geisinger has a designated Level I Trauma Center and Pediatric Trauma Center in Danville as well as a Level II Trauma Center in Wilkes-Barre that receive acute trauma patient transfers from emergency departments throughout central and northeastern Pennsylvania. 

The Trauma Transfer program helps to streamline the patient transfer process so that our trauma team is entirely prepared to receive the transferred patient and deliver the right care immediately when they arrive at the trauma center.

The Trauma Transfer technology allows our trauma team to see diagnostic images before patients arrive, so we can build on – and not duplicate – work that’s been done at the referring hospital.

Improving Rural Trauma Care

Mike Fitzpatrick, MD, Director of Emergency Medicine at Geisinger Medical Center, explains how patients and physicians benefit from telemedicine in the Trauma Transfer program.

Referring emergency physicians at community hospitals are able to send large imaging data files, such as high resolution CT scans, so that Geisinger’s trauma specialists can review the information, communicate with the referring physician, and develop a plan of care before the patient arrives by land or air ambulance. 

Patients who are treated at designated trauma centers experience significantly lower mortality and lower severe disability at discharge.

Radiological Support

John Cardella, MD, Director of Radiology and Associate Chief Medical Officer at Geisinger Health System, talks about how the radiology department supports various telemedicine services at Geisinger, including the eICU and Trauma Transfer programs, and how this benefits patients.

Trauma center physicians benefit from knowing the patient's injury complex so they can make appropriate clinical decisions when they take over the care of a transferred patient. The Trauma Transfer program makes it easier for the sending ED to apprise the trauma center’s team of all of this necessary information. This type of communication can be lifesaving. 

To learn more about the Trauma Transfer program, health care providers are invited to call 570.271.6637 or email