Wednesday, August 24, 2011
Source: WellSpan Health News
York Hospital’s Level I Trauma Center has received a three-year accreditation from the Pennsylvania Trauma Systems Foundation, effective Oct. 1. York Hospital’s Trauma Center was upgraded to Level I in October 2009.
It serves more than 650,000 people in York, Adams and Franklin counties, and is capable of handling any kind of trauma 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Keith Clancy, M.D., medical director of trauma services, said, “Many people contribute every day to the success of the trauma program. It’s the hard work of these often unrecognized staff members that really makes our trauma program the success it is.”
Trauma services is a true multi-disciplinary function, involving numerous departments such as respiratory, imaging, care management, pastoral care, laboratory, nursing, dietary, physical and occupational therapy, speech therapy, volunteers, patient reps and many others.
Clancy added, “We provide high quality care to every patient, every day. We have a trauma program in which we can all feel very proud. The communities we serve can be confident that, should they need a trauma center, the care and quality they receive at York Hospital is of the highest quality and caliber."
York Hospital’s Level I Trauma Center patients arrive with a higher injury severity score than most of the nation. Yet, the outcome survivability score continues to exceed nationwide averages and expectation, according to Amy Krichten, R.N., trauma program manager.
“We strive to incorporate the best practices for patient care every step of the way—from the time the 911 call is placed to when the patient is discharged,” stressed Krichten. “We constantly review our protocols.”
“This accreditation is a great way to begin our 25th year as a regional trauma center,” said Raymond Rosen, vice president of operations at York Hospital. “We have made a difference in the lives of countless residents over the years.
“Receiving accreditation at the highest level with no significant findings means that an impartial third-party (The Pennsylvania Trauma Systems Foundation) believes we have a top-notch program.”
York Hospital’s Level I Trauma Center is one of only two in south central Pennsylvania, and one of 15 in the state.
Last year, the trauma center cared for 2,090 patients, the most ever. The number of patients transferred from other area hospitals to the trauma center has doubled since gaining Level I status two years ago.
This fiscal year is shaping up to be the busiest ever. In July, trauma services cared for a record 249 patients. The previous monthly high was 230.