Guthrie's Robert Packer Hospital Receives 3-year Trauma Accreditation

Sayre, PA --Guthrie's Robert Packer Hospital is proud to announce that its Regional Trauma Center has received full three-year accreditation from the Pennsylvania Trauma Systems Foundation (PTSF). The designation as a Regional Trauma Center, adult Level II, was effective October 1, 2011.

Robert Packer President Marie Droege added, “It's important for the community to know that our commitment to providing this essential service remains strong. We know that the health and well-being of those we serve is positively impacted by having a tertiary care facility like Robert Packer Hospital and its medical staff, available to care for individuals with complex medical and surgical needs.”

David Kashmer, MD, MBA, RPH Trauma Program Medical Director, said, “Robert Packer's Trauma Team is proud of our full three year accreditation & will continue to provide effective care to all injured patients. We work to be rapid, ready & reliable for every patient, every time.”

Trauma Centers are hospitals that specialize in caring for seriously injured patients and must demonstrate the capacity and ability to simultaneously respond to the needs of all types of trauma patients. Accredited trauma centers provide patients immediate access to specialized personnel, equipment and resources 24 hours a day, 7 days a week with the goal of quickly identifying injuries and beginning life-saving interventions.

In Pennsylvania, the standards for trauma center accreditation that must be met by hospitals are some of the most rigorous in the nation, most exceeding 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. Packer Hospital's survey took place in the spring of 2011.

Thomas Brandt, RN, RPH Trauma Program Manager, stated, “We are all very excited by the news we received from the PTSF. There has been a tremendous amount of work by countless people with many changes occurring over the past year within the trauma program, culminating in a most successful site survey. Trauma is truly a team effort.” Brandt further states, “The trauma team is interdisciplinary group, a collaboration between physicians, nurses, anesthesia, radiology, respiratory, laboratory, rehabilitation, social work and care coordination from patient admission thru discharge to provide the level of care necessary to be so successful.”

Dr. Kashmer, a fellowship trained traumatologist was recruited in 2010 as the Section Chief for Acute Care Surgery. He implemented the Acute Care Surgery (ACS) model for care, encompasses trauma, surgical critical care and emergency general surgery. Within the ACS practice model, highly trained trauma surgeons are in-house, 24 hours a day, seven days a week providing care for not only the seriously injured patient, but any patient requiring immediate general surgery and any surgical patient requiring intensive care.

Other strengths of the Guthrie program cited by the surveyors include, “traumatology-trained surgeons and their commitment to the program, the integration of the surgical residency program, the excellent support from your neurosurgeons and orthopedic surgeons, the collaboration and cooperation between Trauma Surgery and the Emergency Department, the hospital's involvement with EMS, anesthesia staffing, the Magnet status of your nursing service and having nursing liaisons to the Trauma Program.”

Guthrie Health is a community-based, not-for-profit health care system jointly formed by Guthrie Healthcare System (GHS) and Guthrie Clinic, also not-for-profit health care organizations. GHS provides inpatient, outpatient and home-based services through Corning Hospital, Troy Community Hospital, Robert Packer Hospital, and Guthrie Home Care and Guthrie Hospice. Guthrie Clinic provides primary and specialty physician services at 25 regional clinics. Guthrie Health provides care for 200,000 patients annually within its eleven-county area service area across the northern tier of Pennsylvania and the southern tier of New York.