Trauma Conference Tackles Tough Prevention Issues

November 6, 2015

Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center’s Level One Trauma Center tackled some tough topics in a Trauma Prevention Conference titled “An Ounce of Prevention – A Pound of Cure.”

Speakers included Cambria County District Attorney Kelly Callihan who talked about the importance of collaboration between first responders and police. Annette Comisky from Conemaugh’s New Visions Drug and Alcohol program spoke about how to recognize signs of substance abuse and Trauma Coordinator Tom Causer covered the facts behind concussions in youth sports and methods of prevention.

The conference also featured the personal story of Rebecca Levenberg, a Philadelphia teacher who suffered a major trauma from a bicycle injury. Her talk, titled “The Journey of 1000 miles” told her real life recovery story.

Conemaugh Memorial’s Level One Trauma Center holds the conferences twice a year to provide educational opportunities for physicians, nurses, EMS personnel and other interested healthcare professionals. School personnel and other community leaders are also invited to attend.

“As the region’s only Level One Trauma program, education is a big part of our obligation to the community,” says Dr. Russell Dumire, Medical Director of Conemaugh’s Level One Trauma Center. “We serve as the regional tertiary referral center for other regional centers. Educational commitment and resources are provided to all health care providers and professionals within the region to ensure optimal, state of the art care for injured and acutely ill patients.”

“Trauma centers are designed to meet the special need of these patients, but only Level 1 Trauma Centers, including Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center, are able to provide for all aspects of a trauma patient’s care,” adds Dr. Dumire.  “Services available at Conemaugh Memorial are the same as services offered in larger cities and have documented excellent outcomes regionally and nationally.”

Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center's Level 1 Regional Resource Trauma Center, located in Johnstown, Pennsylvania is the only Level 1 Trauma Center between Pittsburgh and Hershey, and holds the highest level of accreditation possible. Standards for Level 1 accreditation are established and monitored by The Pennsylvania Trauma Systems Foundation (PTSF). This governing body was created after Pennsylvania became the eighth state in the country to develop a trauma system in 1985.