Guthrie is proud to announce that Guthrie Robert Packer Hospital and Guthrie Troy Community Hospital have received accreditation from the Pennsylvania Trauma Systems Foundation (PTSF) effective Oct. 1, 2017. Accredited trauma centers provide patients immediate access to specialized personnel, equipment and resources 24 hours a day, seven days a week with the goal of quickly identifying injuries and beginning life-saving interventions.
Guthrie Robert Packer Hospital has been awarded full three-year accreditation as an Adult Level II Trauma Center. Guthrie Troy Community Hospital received a full Trauma Center Accreditation as an Adult Level IV Trauma Center, and is the only Critical Access Hospital in Pennsylvania to achieve this level of recognition.
Guthrie Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Paul VerValin said, “Guthrie is pleased to receive these trauma accreditations, which recognize our commitment to providing first class trauma care. It is essential we ensure that the community has the knowledge, care and expertise at hand locally to care for individuals with complex medical and surgical needs. Guthrie is proud to offer top of the line trauma services to the communities we serve in and around Sayre and Troy.”
P. Jason Granet, M.D., Guthrie Robert Packer Hospital trauma medical director, said, “We are very proud of the Trauma team at Guthrie Robert Packer Hospital for achieving this accreditation. Trauma is truly a team effort, and requires a multidisciplinary team to collaborate and coordinate care from patient admission through discharge. This accreditation would not have been possible without the dedicated efforts of all of our staff. This accreditation is a welcome recognition of the trauma team’s day to day efforts to deliver excellent and effective trauma services, and fulfil our mission to be ‘rapid, ready, and reliable for every patient, every time.’”
“The achievement of this recognition both Guthrie Robert Packer Hospital and Guthrie Troy Community Hospital demonstrates our system-wide approach to excellence in trauma care for each patient who comes through our doors and our commitment to be here for our community in their time of need. The team in Troy has worked very hard to make this a reality.”
Level IV Trauma Centers have specially trained Emergency Department staff who stabilize injured patients to transfer them quickly to a higher-level trauma center. Level IV Trauma Centers are an important link in the trauma system, especially in remote areas like Troy where weather and distance play a critical factor in trauma patient survival.
Guthrie Robert Packer Hospital Trauma Center provides state of the art trauma care, surgical critical care and emergency general surgical services. Its experienced surgeons are fellowship trained and board certified in general surgery, orthopedic trauma and surgical critical care. They are on site around the clock to perform procedures, oversee the surgical intensive care unit, and treat time sensitive conditions.
In Pennsylvania, the standards for trauma center accreditation are some of the most rigorous in the nation, and most exceed the national standards set forth by the American College of Surgeons Committee on Trauma. Hospitals must undergo an on-site review by a team of trauma-expert surveyors a minimum of every three years, where trauma center processes and clinical care are reviewed. Using the findings from the surveyors, the PTSF Board of Directors determine whether the applicant hospital has met the requirements to be a trauma center and issues the certificate of accreditation for one, two or three years. Guthrie's surveys took place in the spring of 2017.
Guthrie is a non-profit integrated health system located in north central Pennsylvania and upstate New York, serving patients from an 11-county service area. Guthrie is a member of the Mayo Clinic Care Network, and is the first health system based in Pennsylvania and New York to join this network. Guthrie is comprised of a research institute, home care/hospice, hospitals in Sayre, Pa., Corning, N.Y., Towanda, Pa., and Troy, Pa., as well as a multi-specialty group practice of more than 300 physicians and 190 advanced practice providers in a regional office network encompassing 45 sub-specialty and primary care sites in 21 communities throughout Pennsylvania and New York. Guthrie offers a wide range of services and programs designed to enhance the health and well-being of those it serves.
Members of the trauma team at Guthrie Robert Packer Hospital