The Charles C. Wolferth Trauma Center 
 
 
 
 
 

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.

James S. Eakins, M.D., is a board-certified specialist in the field of Trauma and Surgical Critical Care. 
 
James S. Eakins, M.D., FACS, is the Medical Director of Trauma and Critical Care at Hahnemann University Hospital. A graduate of Hahnemann University School of Medicine, Dr. Eakins completed his general surgery residency at Episcopal Hospital and a fellowship in surgical critical care/trauma at Cooper University Hospital. He has been published in the Journal of Trauma, and is a member of the American College of Surgeons, the Eastern Association for the Surgery of Trauma, and the Society of Critical Care Medicine. Dr. Eakins served as an attending trauma surgeon at Cooper for the past ten years, where he also served as the director of Cooper’s Trauma Fellowship Program.
 
 
R. Sean Benoit, M.D., FACS, is an Attending Trauma Surgeon at Hahnemann University Hospital. Dr. Benoit earned his medical degree from Howard University College of Medicine, where he also completed his general surgery residency followed by a surgical critical care/trauma fellowship at the R. Adams Cowley Shock trauma Center at the University of Maryland. He is a member of the American College of Surgeons, Eastern Association for the Surgery of Trauma, Society of Critical Care Medicine and the American Medical Association.
 
 
Richard K. Burns, M.D., FACS, is an Attending Trauma Surgeon at Hahnemann University Hospital. A veteran of the United States Navy, and graduate of UCLA School of Medicine, Dr. Burns completed his surgical residency at Episcopal Hospital and a surgical/critical care fellowship at Cooper Hospital/University Medical Center. Dr. Burns is a member of the American College of Surgeons and the Society of Critical Care Medicine.
 
 
Alberto Nunez, M.D., FACS, serves as an Attending Trauma Surgeon for Hahnemann University Hospital and as a Clinical Instructor of Surgery for Drexel University College of Medicine. Dr. Nunez earned his medical degree from the Luis Razetti School of Medicine at the Central University of Venezuela (Universidad Central de Venezuela). He continued his general surgery residency at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas. Dr. Nunez is a member of the Michael E. DeBakey International Surgical Society.
 
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