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The Importance of Trauma Centers in Pennsylvania

June 12, 2017

The Pennsylvania General Assembly returned this week to continue work on the 2017–2018 state budget. The commonwealth faces a projected revenue shortfall for the current fiscal year of $1.2 billion and a growing structural deficit for next year, placing some supplemental hospital payments at risk for reduction, including payments that support life-saving trauma care.

Pennsylvania is home to 38 accredited trauma centers across the commonwealth. Trauma centers are specialized centers within hospitals that provide timely, high-quality services 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and 365 days a year, treating motor vehicle crashes, gunshots, assaults, and more. With an average of 40,000 patients seen every year, Pennsylvania’s trauma centers provide highly skilled teams of medical specialists ready and able to respond to physical injuries immediately.

Trauma centers across Pennsylvania continue to meet the call to serve. Despite seeing an increase of patients every year over the last decade, Pennsylvania trauma centers are continuing to save lives. In 2015, 96 percent of the 43,106 patients treated across the state’s four levels of accredited trauma centers survived.

Pennsylvania hospitals continue their efforts to provide high quality and timely services for citizens in critical need. Pennsylvania’s 38 trauma centers care for patients with the most serious trauma injuries through specialized treatments that harness the skills of medically trained professionals.

Ensuring access to appropriate funding for trauma care services in the 2017–2018 state budget is an essential investment in Pennsylvania’s future.

As lawmakers work to balance next year’s budget, HAP will continue to monitor progress and advocate for the protection of funding for hospital care, including trauma centers.

For more information about the importance of Trauma Center funding, please contact, Scott Bishop, HAP’s senior vice president, legislative advocacy.

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