The Trauma Center at Penn was established in 1988 as an accredited Level I Trauma Center serving the population locally here in West Philadelphia and has long been considered a national and international model of excellence in trauma and surgical critical care. All of the trauma surgeons are fellowship trained in trauma care and specialize in complex and high-acuity, multi-system trauma. With round the clock support from in-house trauma surgeons and emergency medicine physicians, as well as the dedicated support from the members of the departments of anesthesia, orthopedics, neurosurgery, plastics, ENT, OMF, ophthalmology, vascular, cardiothoracic and physical medicine and rehabilitation, as well as our trauma nurses and allied health partners, the Division of Trauma, Surgical Critical Care and Emergency Surgery at Penn Medicine is able to offer our patients the most advanced specialty care in the region.
Through the creation of a Trauma Network and the implementation of the Penn Star Flight program, Penn Trauma proudly serves the Southeastern Pennsylvania and Southern New Jersey regions, with total population in excess of 15 million. The UPHS Trauma Network works to optimize care of the injured patient on a regional basis while promoting the operational efficiency and regulatory compliance of the trauma centers within the affiliation. The Network utilizes the skills and expertise of the HUP Level I Trauma faculty and staff through comprehensive on-site training and development of other trauma centers in the region.
The Acute Care Surgery services of trauma, surgical critical care and emergency surgery at Penn Medicine offers in-house attending physician coverage 24/7/365 for critical ill patients in need of immediate quaternary level care. As a Magnet designated hospital, we offer expertise and the ability to treat the highest acuity patients experiencing; acute surgical emergencies, the need for hyperbaric oxygen therapy, shock, severe sepsis, advanced respiratory failure, and advanced multi-organ failure with Beacon awarded critical care nursing. Our excellent outcomes rank well above national averages.