York Hospital's trauma center reaccredited at top level

Junior Gonzalez
York Dispatch
  • The hospital first received Level 1 accreditation in 2009.
  • York Hospital completed a $50M renovation project of its emergency department in April.

York Hospital’s Trauma Center has been reaccredited as a Level 1 trauma treatment facility.

WellSpan York Hospital recently completed a $50 million renovation of it's emergency department, Tuesday, April 18, 2017. John A. Pavoncello photo

The Level 1 accreditation — the highest level possible — was first earned by York Hospital in 2009 from the Pennsylvania Trauma Systems Foundation and will keep that title for another year.

The accreditation requires several programs to be operated at the hospital, including multidisciplinary treatment for trauma patients, trauma research, a surgical residency program and a volume of 600 major trauma patients per year, according to a news release.

According to WellSpan, York Hospital treated around 2,200 trauma patients in 2016 and has already seen more than 1,500 so far this year.

“This reaccreditation reinforces our commitment to ensuring advanced life-saving care to our family, friends and neighbors 24/7 in a state-of-the-art facility close to home,” said Keith Noll, president of York Hospital in a news release.

'Warm handoff' for overdose victims praised at York Hospital

York Hospital’s trauma center also provides programs on substance abuse prevention and community outreach such.

One such program in collaboration with the Falls Free Coalition of York County called “Matter of Balance” teaches those 65 years and older techniques to prevent falls.

State Physician General Dr. Rachel Levine visited York Hospital in March to discuss the state’s “warm handoff,” which aims to immediately send overdose survivors into treatment.

York Hospital was one of the first medical facilities in the state to spearhead the program in December 2016.

In April, York Hospital completed a $50 million emergency department renovation, expanding patient capacity from 45,000 patients to an estimated 82,000 patients per year.

York Hospital has been designated a regional trauma center since 1986, according to the release.