CAMP HILL, Pa. – The Pennsylvania Trauma Systems Foundation (PTSF) has accredited Geisinger Holy Spirit as a Level II Trauma Center, effective September 1, 2017.
“The Trauma Center at Geisinger Holy Spirit will save critical minutes for area patients suffering from severe, life-threatening injuries,” said Kyle Snyder, chief administrative officer. “Everything we do at Geisinger Holy Spirit is about caring, and this program will bring trauma care closer to home for about 500,000 residents of Western Cumberland, Perry, Northern York, Franklin and Adams counties.”
Trauma centers provide around-the-clock complex critical care for patients suffering from life-threatening injuries such as those resulting from motor vehicle accidents, falls and acts of violence. Geisinger Holy Spirit’s trauma team includes a trauma/critical care physician, an emergency medicine physician, neurosurgeons and orthopaedic traumatologists who are supported by surgical and non-surgical specialists and staff from anesthesia, radiology and interventional radiology.
“This is an investment in our community,” Snyder said. “We recently completed a $32 million construction project to upgrade our Emergency Department as we prepared to become a trauma center.”
“The development of the trauma program has been a great collaborative experience between administration, physicians, nursing, ancillary departments and the trauma program,” said Dale Dangleben, M.D., a fellow of the American College of Surgeons and the program’s medical director. “The work that has been done here will make our communities stronger and keep patients closer to home.”
There are four levels of trauma centers in Pennsylvania. Both Levels I and II are required to provide the same level of medical care and expertise. However, a Level I trauma center is required to perform research, have a surgical residency program, and serve an annual volume of 600 major trauma patients. A Level II trauma center must have an annual major trauma patient volume of 350.
Accredited trauma centers must be continuously prepared to treat the most serious life-threatening and disabling injuries. However, trauma centers provide more than surgical and medical care.
“Our physicians and staff also provide community education programs, trauma prevention programs, follow-up to hospitals that transfer patients, and outreach to outside facilities to improve trauma care in the community,” said Paige Jordan, BSN, trauma operations manager.
Geisinger Holy Spirit is the fifth Geisinger facility to receive adult trauma designation. Geisinger Medical Center in Danville has a Level I Adult and a Level II Pediatric Trauma Center. Geisinger Wyoming Valley in Wilkes-Barre, Geisinger Community Medical Center in Scranton and AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center, a member of Geisinger, in Atlantic City, N.J., all operate Level II Trauma Centers.
The Pennsylvania Trauma Systems Foundation is responsible for establishing standards for accrediting trauma centers at varying levels based on a hospital’s resources and capabilities. Standards are based on the latest edition of the American College of Surgeons’ Committee on Trauma (ACSCOT) Resources for Optimal Care of the Injured Patient. The PTSF publishes standards for all levels of trauma centers at http://www.ptsf.org.
Renovated Emergency Department adds treatment capacity, trauma unit
The newly renovated John R. Dietz Emergency Center at Geisinger Holy Spirit opened this spring with expanded capacity for treatment and a new dedicated unit for trauma patients. A new rooftop helipad on the two-story addition gives rapid access to emergency care for severely injured patients transported by air to the hospital.
In addition to the construction and renovation work that was necessary for the Level II Trauma Center, the features of the renovation and expansion project also include:
ON THE FIRST FLOOR
- Three new triage rooms
- Two new seclusion rooms
- New waiting room and registration area
- 31 new and renovated patient rooms
ON THE SECOND FLOOR
- Rooftop helipad
- Dedicated trauma services elevator
- Trauma services office suite
- 30-person conference room
- Three on-call rooms
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