Lankenau Medical Center Receives Level II Trauma Center Accreditation

 

Following a rigorous, nearly 15-month review and on-site survey, Lankenau Medical Center has received Level II Trauma Center accreditation, effective September 1, 2016, from the Pennsylvania Trauma Systems Foundation (PTSF).

This is Main Line Health’s second Level II Trauma Center. The first opened at Paoli Hospital in 2010. For residents of Philadelphia’s western suburbs, this means that the Trauma Centers at Lankenau Medical Center and Paoli Hospital, in partnership with the EMS community, are greatly increasing the possibility of receiving lifesaving treatment within the Golden Hour (the first 60 minutes in which a trauma victim has the best chance of survival).

“I want to extend my heartfelt appreciation to the entire Lankenau Medical Center and Main Line Health team for their ongoing expertise, professionalism, dedication and support throughout the accreditation process,” said Phil Robinson, President of Lankenau Medical Center. “Bringing the specialized services of a Level II Trauma Center onto the Lankenau campus will enhance the ability of our EMS partners to rapidly transport trauma victims, helping to save the lives of many in the communities we serve.”

After a thorough Community Needs Assessment of its surrounding communities, Lankenau Medical Center identified the critical need to bring a Level II Trauma Center to its campus. The Community Needs Assessment found that, within the next five years, there will be an increase in trauma injuries because of the high population density and the increase in the number of senior residents in the counties surrounding Lankenau.

“The potential for increased trauma injuries underscores the importance of establishing the Level II Trauma Center at Lankenau Medical Center,” said Ehyal Shweiki, MD, Medical Director of the Level II Trauma Center at Lankenau Medical Center. “The tremendous expertise and capabilities involved in the creation of this Center has been truly remarkable. Building the infrastructure for the Trauma Center has involved the entire hospital—the Emergency Department, Diagnostic Services, Surgical Services and many other areas—and has called for significant investments in staff, training, equipment and protocol. The work involved has truly benefited all of Lankenau. Most significantly, this accreditation offers an invaluable, lifesaving resource for our community.”

“It’s been an honor to work with the team at Lankenau Medical Center,” said Kathleen Martin, MSN, RN, Trauma Program Manager, Lankenau Medical Center. “With the incredible support of the leadership team, we were able to put resources into place that made the accreditation process as successful as it was. I’ve led the creation of trauma programs across the region, and Lankenau’s was by far the most inclusive of the entire team of care providers, nurses, support staff and others, helping to ensure that each patient receives the best possible care.”

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