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Conemaugh Miners Medical Center (“Miners”) announced today that the hospital has been granted accreditation as a Level IV Trauma Center by the Pennsylvania Trauma Systems Foundation (PTSF). Miners joins two other Critical Access Hospitals in Pennsylvania with this specific accreditation.
To qualify for trauma center accreditation, Miners underwent an extensive developmental process over the course of several years to build the necessary infrastructure including staffing, education, and performance improvement that assured compliance with PTSF Trauma Center Standards of Accreditation. The PTSF, the organization responsible for accrediting trauma centers in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, conducted an on-site survey in November and the PTSF Board of Directors granted accreditation to Miners effective January 1, 2021.
“We are so incredibly proud of our team for their hard work and dedication in earning this important accreditation,” said Jessica Svidergol, chief nursing officer at Conemaugh Miners Medical Center. “Our hospital is proud to call Hastings and northern Cambria County home, and our community can feel confident about our hospital’s capabilities to provide life-saving emergency medical care.”
The PTSF accredits hospitals as Trauma Centers based on compliance with Standards of Accreditation that pertain to care of the injured patient throughout the continuum of care. Levels range from Level I to Level IV based on the capabilities the hospital has to care for injured patients. As a Level IV Trauma Center, Miners provides enhanced care to injured patients within the emergency department, while focusing on stabilization and quick transfer to a higher-level trauma center for those patients who require more comprehensive care.“This new accreditation is a tremendous benefit for our patients and our region,” said Scott Magley, MD. FACEP, an emergency medicine physician at Conemaugh Miners Medical Center. “Providing appropriate treatment for patients with traumatic injuries reduces the likelihood of permanent disability and mortality. Our team is proud to join other hospitals across the state that have earned trauma center accreditation from PTSF as we work to enhance outcomes for the many patients we serve.”