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Adult Level I Trauma Center

When an emergency strikes

St. Luke's University Hospital - Bethlehem Campus supports both a 24-hour Adult Level I Trauma Center and Emergency Department capable of handling medical and injury emergencies of all kinds.  Our trauma center is accredited by the Pennsylvania Trauma Systems Foundation (PTSF) and able to respond at a moment's notice to any and all types of life-threatening injury.

St. Luke’s University Hospital - Bethlehem Campus
801 Ostrum Street
(Borough of Fountain Hill)
Bethlehem, PA 18015
Maps & Directions

Patient Care

Caring for you or your loved one is our top priority.  Traumas are unexpected and challenging.  Our team will take the time to explain each step in the treatment process and answer any questions in a complete and easy to understand way.


After surgery, or once the extent of the patient’s injuries has been determined, he/she is admitted to the hospital. Depending on the severity and type of injury and the patient’s age, St. Luke’s has beds to accommodate all levels of care including critical care, acute care, step-down and pediatrics.


Following the patient’s hospital stay, he/she can be discharged to:

  • Home
  • An inpatient rehabilitation facility, where he/she can receive long-term care for severe conditions such as coma or a spinal cord injury

The trauma patient’s follow-up care will be coordinated by the trauma surgeon and a trauma advanced practitioner who cared for the patient in the hospital and will include the patient’s family doctor and specialists when appropriate.  If trauma follow-up care is needed, it will be conducted in our outpatient office.

Team Activation

Upon arrival at St. Luke’s Adult Level I Trauma Center, the patient is rushed to state-of-the-art trauma resuscitation bays located within the Emergency Department (ED). There, the patient is immediately evaluated by the trauma team which consists of fellowship-trained trauma surgeons and nurses with advanced education and training in the treatment of traumatic injuries. The trauma team assesses the patient for both known and suspected life- and limb-threatening injuries. If no serious injuries are found, the patient may be discharged to home. However, most patients will be admitted to the hospital or transferred to the Operating Room following a comprehensive evaluation.


Our trauma team consists of providers from a range of specialties including orthopedics, neurosurgery and trauma surgeons.  Learn more about our Clinical Trauma Team.

Pre-Hospital/EMS Providers

St. Luke’s Trauma Center and Emergency Department work in partnership with our region's emergency medical services, our first line of defense against injury and disease. It is vitally important to quality patient care that we work together for the safety of the community.

When Emergency Medical Services (EMS) respond to an emergency, it is their responsibility to evaluate the situation and if the potential for life- or limb-threatening injury exists, stabilize the patient and then transport him/her to the nearest accredited trauma center.

Transfer to the Operating Room (OR) or Radiology

If the trauma team’s evaluation reveals a life- or limb-threatening injury, the patient is immediately transferred to a specially equipped and staffed Operating Room where necessary surgery can be performed. If the trauma team’s evaluation does not reveal a life- or limb-threatening injury, the patient is transferred to Radiology where additional diagnostic procedures such as X-rays or CT scans are performed. At this point, the patient can either be admitted to St. Luke’s Hospital for further care or discharged if doctors determine that he/she has sustained no serious injuries.

Rehabilitative Services

If the trauma patient requires a hospital stay to gradually recover his/her health and strength, he/she will be evaluated and treated by numerous rehabilitation and support services, including:

  • Case Management
  • Nutrition Services
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Pastoral Care
  • Physical Therapy
  • Respiratory Therapy
  • Speech Therapy

Post-Discharge Care

Most trauma patients require outpatient follow-up visits with their primary care physician as well as one or more specialists.  Below are links to the most common specialty offices.  If you have any questions regarding your follow-up care, please call our outpatient office at 484-526-2200.


The Trauma Center at St. Luke’s University Hospital is committed to educating health care providers in the fields of Trauma and Surgical Critical Care.

St. Luke’s Adult Level I Trauma Center and its faculty strive to educate a broad range of health care providers including pre-hospital providers, students, nurses, advanced practitioners, residents and physicians.

In addition to providing continuing education to those within the health care field, St. Luke’s University Hospital provides community education classes and events on various safety and injury prevention topics. These programs are free, and appeal to a broad audience. Topics include bike and helmet safety, drug and alcohol use, seatbelt safety and fall prevention.

Education Team

  • Peter Thomas, DO, FACOS
    Director of Trauma
    ATLS Student Course Director
    Pre-Hospital Life Support Medical Director

  • Nicole Lohrman, MSN, RN, CCRN, TCRN
    Trauma Education Coordinator
    ATLS Course Coordinator
    St. Luke’s University Hospital
    Trauma Division
    801 Ostrum Street
    Bethlehem, PA 18015

See the following pages for more information:


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