Critical Times Newsletter, Fall Issue, 2009
In 1986, The Charles C. Wolferth Trauma Center at Hahnemann University Hospital became the first designated Level I Trauma Center for adults in Philadelphia. The following year, Hahnemann also began operation of MidAtlantic MedEvac, one of the first regional air medical programs to serve the southeastern Pennsylvania area.
Designated by the Pennsylvania Trauma Systems Foundation as a Regional Resource Center, the Hahnemann Trauma Center serves both ground and air medical Emergency Medical Service programs.
Under the medical direction of James S. Eakins, M.D., FACS, the trauma center physicians and staff are dedicated to achieving excellence in the care of all trauma patients, the teaching of attending physicians, residents and students, and in researching conditions affecting patient care and teaching. Our trauma center registry actively maintains a database of more than 14,000 patients we have cared for, which allows us to critically analyze and improve our services.
Hahnemann plays an important role in the community, not only through resuscitation and acute care of trauma patients, but also in providing educational opportunities to providers serving Philadelphia and the surrounding counties. Semiannual conferences and monthly education programs are routinely offered.
Primary roadways such as I-95, the Schuylkill and Vine Street Expressways, and Broad Street, and a dedicated roof helipad facilitate ease of access to our many resources. From the time patients enter into our system in the trauma resuscitation area, through to the planning of their discharge, a variety of specialists are dedicated to providing state of the art primary care.
In addition to our emergency physicians, trauma surgeons, orthopedists, neurosurgeons and other specialty practitioners, many critical care trained registered nurses, physical and occupational therapists, social workers, radiology technicians, dieticians and other specialists are on duty and available round the clock to serve Philadelphia and surrounding communities.
For more information contact the Trauma Department at 215-762-2010.
For more information about Hahnemann's Emergency Department, click here.
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