Guthrie Troy Community Hospital Becomes First Critical Access Hospital to Achieve Trauma Center Accreditation

Guthrie Troy Community Hospital has been awarded a Level IV Trauma Center Accreditation, making it the first Critical Access Hospital in Pennsylvania to achieve this status. This accreditation, which goes into effect Nov. 1, was granted by the Pennsylvania Trauma Systems Foundation (PTSF).

Staci Covey, President of Guthrie Troy Community Hospital, said, “As a Critical Access Hospital providing needed health care services to our rural community, Guthrie Troy Community Hospital is proud to have achieved trauma center accreditation. Our team is dedicated to providing the best possible outcomes to patients in our community.”

Guthrie emergency medicine physician, Dr. Russell Burkett added, “Our trauma team at Guthrie Troy Community Hospital is a group of highly trained health care professionals who are dedicated to fast, expert care. Achieving this accreditation is a clear demonstration of the hard work that the trauma and emergency department teams put in each day. 

Trauma centers are hospitals with resources immediately available to provide optimal care and reduce the likelihood of death or disability to injured patients.  Accredited trauma centers must be continuously prepared to treat the most serious life threatening and disabling injuries. 

As a Level IV Trauma Center, the trauma team at Guthrie Troy Community Hospital provides enhanced care to injured patients within the emergency department designed to stabilize and quickly transfer patients to an appropriate higher level trauma center, such as Guthrie Robert Packer Hospital, which is a Level II Trauma Center. Pennsylvania Critical Access Hospitals provide 24 hour emergency care and other needed services in rural or underserved areas of the state. 

PTSF is a non-profit corporation recognized by the Emergency Medical Services Act (Act 1985-45) that is responsible for accrediting trauma centers in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. To learn more about trauma center differences in Pennsylvania go to

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 290 physicians and 175 mid-level providers in a regional office network encompassing sub-specialty and primary care sites in 23 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.

The Trauma Team at Guthrie Troy Community Hospital
The Trauma Team at Guthrie Troy Community Hospital