Trauma and Acute Care

Our trauma centers are open around the clock, because emergencies can happen anytime. When you need us, we’ll be ready to provide care you can count on.

About Main Line Health trauma centers

Main Line Health trauma center providers are there for life’s most urgent medical needs. We know that when every minute matters, you and your family deserve comprehensive, immediate care from physicians who understand and are compassionate during emergency situations. When you arrive at our trauma centers, you’ll have specialists who provide the latest treatments for all types of traumatic injuries with advanced tools and techniques including radiology and lab services.

You’ll have a highly specialized Main Line Health Jefferson Trauma and Acute Care Surgery team dedicated to your care. With multidisciplinary medical staff including trauma and acute care surgeons, emergency physicians and other specialties including neurosurgery, oral-maxillofacial, orthopaedics, plastic surgery and more, the team is ready for whatever emergency comes. You’ll also have access to certified trauma nurses, dedicated anesthesiologists and intensive care physicians and nurses who are there to support you during your time with us.

Where to find our trauma centers

Our two trauma centers, Lankenau Medical Center and Paoli Hospital in the Philadelphia suburbs offer around-the-clock trauma and acute care surgery. No one can predict when emergency situations will occur, so we’re available for you when you need us, with a care team that will be with you from start to finish. 

Community education

Fall Prevention

Fall prevention programs

Do you have concerns about falling? Many older adults express concerns about falling and restricting their activities. We offer a variety of fall preventions programs and classes, including:

  • A Matter of Balance
  • Healthy Steps for Older Adults
  • Safer Steps
Stop the Bleed


Severe bleeding injuries left unattended can result in death. When individuals learn the skills to stop uncontrolled bleeding during an emergency situation, lives can be saved.

Learn more about STOP THE BLEED® at Main Line Health.

Help first responders act quickly with the Yellow Dot Program

Our goal is to keep you as healthy as we can — even when you’re out of our hospitals and medical centers. The Yellow Dot Program provides information for first responders so they can act as quickly as possible in the event of an emergency situation.  

By signing up for the program and keeping your Yellow Dot pamphlet information (including relevant health information, emergency contacts, identification information and more) in your glove compartment and showing your Yellow Dot sticker on your vehicle, you’re helping emergency medical staff get you the care you need as fast as they can.   

For healthcare professionals

EMS Education

Pelvic ring fractures can result in significant medical complications. Internal bleeding is the leading cause of death in patients with pelvic ring injuries, especially in those individuals involved in a motor vehicle collision.


Trauma symposium

The Main Line Health Annual Trauma Symposium will feature presentations on the latest advances and topics in trauma, while emphasizing the importance of quality patient care.


Trauma patient transfer

For 24-hour physician-to-physician consultation with a trauma surgeon or for transfer of an injured patient, call the Main Line Health Transfer Center at 1.855.MLH.STAT.


Frequently asked questions

What is a trauma center?

Trauma centers are hospitals with resources available to provide efficient emergency medical services and surgical intervention for life-threatening injuries immediately. They’re not intended to replace the traditional hospital emergency department for minor injuries but are there for you when life’s most pressing health needs occur.

What is a level II trauma center?

In Pennsylvania, there are three levels of trauma centers. Level II trauma centers have all the resources required to care for trauma patients, but do not have a residency program.

Which hospitals at Main Line Health are trauma centers?

The Trauma Centers at Lankenau Medical Center and Paoli Hospital are Pennsylvania Trauma Systems Foundation state-accredited level II trauma centers.

Who serves as Main Line Health trauma surgeons?

Trauma surgeons from Thomas Jefferson University Hospital provide trauma care at Paoli Hospital and Lankenau Medical Center. These surgeons are dual board certified in surgical critical care and general surgery. 

How do I contact someone from the program?

For Paoli Hospital, Kerry Larkin can be reached at 484.565.8325, or email at [email protected]

For Lankenau Medical Center, Janine Skahan can be reached at 484.476.1390, or email at [email protected]

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