The Pennsylvania Trauma Systems Foundation (PTSF) has once again awarded Paoli Hospital’s level II regional trauma center a three-year re-accreditation. This is the second time the trauma center has been re-accredited since it opened in October 2010.
“The accreditation would not be possible without the hard work and dedication of Kris Kaulback, MD, Trauma Center medical director, and all of the physicians who have been specially trained to care for trauma patients, as well as the nurses and clinicians, Kerry Larkin, trauma program manager, Karen Larsson and Linda Dibello, Process Improvement coordinators and David Mendez, Trauma registrar,” said Jim Paradis,Paoli Hospital president.
The Level II center earned its initial accreditation from the PTSF a year earlier than anticipated and opened officially on October 1, 2010. Since then, the trauma team has provided outstanding patient care to over 6,200 trauma patients from Chester County and the surrounding region.
Over 96 percent of these trauma patients reached Paoli’s trauma center within the “golden hour.” Previously, this was happening for only 37 percent of trauma patients in Chester County who had to travel to more distant trauma centers.
“This translates into lives saved for the people in this community,” said Paradis. “A critical factor in re-accreditation is the care provided to trauma patients throughout their stay at our hospital—encompassing every area from the time the patient enters the emergency department until discharged to rehab or home.”