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St Lukes Miners Campus Receives Trauma Center Accreditation

St. Luke's Miners Campus Receives Accreditation as Trauma Center

First Hospital in Pennsylvania to Receive Level IV Certification

Trauma Accreditation at St. Luke's Miners Hospital

Emergency nurse Mary Horvath; Kristie Leshko,
Trauma Program Coordinator; Joni Gestl, Director,
Lehighton Ambulance Association; Bill Moyer,
President, St. Luke's Miners Campus; Dr. Melanie
Turock, Trauma Program Medical Director, St. Luke's
Miners Campus; Dr. William S. Hoff, Chief of Trauma
and Acute Care Surgery, St. Luke's University Health
Network; Maureen Donovan, Board of Directors,
St. Luke's Miners Campus.
See the Level IV Trauma Certification Fact Sheet.

Coaldale, PA (10/2/2013) – The board of directors of Pennsylvania Trauma Systems Foundation (PTSF) voted and approved St. Luke’s Miners Campus to be the first certified Level IV Trauma Center in Pennsylvania effective November 1, 2013.

The accreditation process included review of care delivery to trauma patients, additional education for physicians and nurses as well as revised policies, procedures and guidelines, all culminated by a site visit from PTSF at St. Luke's Miners, according to Bill Moyer, President, St. Luke's Miners Campus.

Accomplished in Two Years Based Commitment to Excellent Patient Care

“Normally an accreditation of this type takes a hospital three years to achieve, but the physicians and staff at St. Luke's Miners Campus were able to accomplish this process in only two years. That speaks volumes about the commitment of our employees to provide great patient care and as a testament to our commitment to the communities we serve,” said Moyer.

Trauma and Emergency Department physicians will be able to treat certain trauma patients at the St. Luke's Miners Campus. For more serious traumas, the St. Luke's Miners Hospital trauma team will be able to stabilize patients to prepare for safe transfer via ground or air transport to St. Luke's University Hospital – Bethlehem, a Level I Trauma Center. St. Luke's Hospital – Bethlehem has been an accredited Trauma Center for the past 15 years.

Improved Access to Care in Rural Community

William S. Hoff, MD, Chief of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery at St. Luke's University Health Network said, “This is an exciting time for Pennsylvania trauma services. Properly placed, well resourced, accredited trauma centers improve the availability of trauma care in the community. The Level IV accreditation recognizes those hospitals that have made significant strides in the delivery of trauma care for patients where they need it most.”

By having a trauma center in the region, patients will be seen by a trauma team more quickly without transporting the patient to Bethlehem, resulting in improved patient outcomes, said emergency room physician Melanie Turock, DO, Trauma Program Medical Director at St. Luke's Miners Campus. In addition, utilizing a local trauma center will decrease travel time for EMS teams and will provide paramedics better turn-around-time, allowing them to serve the local community more efficiently and effectively, said Dr. Turock.

New Physicians and Services Added to Miners Campus

“Our community can be assured they are receiving the highest level of care at St. Luke's Miners,” Moyer continued. “This is yet another example of our ongoing commitment to the Miners community. Over the last three years, we have added twenty-two new physicians, several new services, including cardiology, oncology, neurology, obstetrics and gynecology, orthopaedics and urology, and we continue to fulfill our mission of providing quality care close to home.”

More About St. Luke's Miners Campus

St. Luke's Miners Campus is a fully accredited, not-for-profit, 44-bed Level IV Trauma Center located in Coaldale, PA. Accredited by the Joint Commission of Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO), St. Luke's Miners Campus provides a wide variety of health care services. The hospital is affiliated with the nationally recognized St. Luke's University Health Network and currently provides health care services to more than 11,000 people annually. Additional on-site services include a home health agency and a 48-bed skilled nursing facility.


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