The Pennsylvania Trauma Systems Foundation (PTSF) has accredited the Level II Adult Trauma Program at Grand View Health for an additional two years running from 10/1/22 – 9/30/24.
Grand View Health’s Trauma Program officially started nearly a year ago with provisional accreditation from the PTSF. In May, a comprehensive on-site survey was conducted by the PTSF to assure the hospital’s trauma care achieved or exceeded its rigorous standards.
“Receiving a two-year accreditation for our trauma program sends a clear message to our community members that the care they need is here for them, at any time of the day or night, close to home,” said Douglas Hughes, RN, BSN, MBA, President and CEO of Grand View Health. “This accreditation is a validation of the excellent program, protocols and personnel we have available at Grand View.”
In addition to the support from throughout all levels of Grand View, Hughes mentioned two additional factors that have contributed to the success of the program. “Our community is fortunate to have the care that is provided by our local ambulance and emergency medical services.” The addition of a Level II trauma center has improved their responsiveness, allowing EMS to treat and transport more patients more quickly for care instead of driving to other counties.
Another vital aspect of the program is the support of Penn Medicine through the Penn Trauma Network, a partnership that ensures trauma surgeon availability at Grand View Hospital 24/7/365. The team is also supported by the neurosurgeons from Grand View Health Neurosurgery and Upper Bucks Orthopaedics at Grand View Health.
Grand View is the highest-level trauma center serving the Upper Bucks and northern Montgomery county region and is one of only two Level II centers located in Bucks county. The other is nearly an hour away in Langhorne. Over the past year, 1,600 trauma patients have been seen and treated at Grand View hospital.
The trauma program will continue to grow and add services in the new year as the hospital opens an expanded Emergency Department with state-of-the-art trauma bays as part of a new, six-story pavilion.
The PTSF, founded in 1985, is responsible for establishing standards for accrediting trauma centers at varying levels based on a hospital’s resources and capabilities. PTSF Standards are based on the latest edition of the American College of Surgeons’ Committee on Trauma Resources for Optimal Care of the Injured Patient.
Standards for all levels of trauma centers can be found on the PTSF website: https://www.ptsf.org.