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Emergency Services

The Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania is a level 1 trauma center and nationally and internationally recognized as a model program for other hospitals. In addition to trauma care, referring physicians have rapid access to other Penn emergency services.

Referring physicians have access to Penn Medicine physicians for patient consults, referrals and medical transfers, 24/7. The physician-only line can be accessed at 877-937-PENN (7366).

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    Penn Neuro-Emergency Transfer

    Penn Neuro-Emergency Transfer provides one-call access for neuro-emergency care. Available 24/7, the experienced coordinators of Penn Neuro-Emergency Transfer facilitate immediate ground or air transportation to Penn Medicine, including bed assignment in the state-of-the-art NeuroICU for transfer patients.

    Learn more about Penn Neuro-Emergency Transfer

  • Woman being treted for chest pains

    Penn Heart Rescue®

    Penn Heart Rescue is a rapid referral program at Penn Presbyterian Medical Center with emergency protocols to ensure that patients experiencing ST-elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) receive the best care possible during the critical interval between diagnosis and care ("door-to-balloon" time).

    All patients who arrive at Penn Presbyterian with symptoms of a heart attack are fast-tracked to receive an emergency angioplasty procedure when time is of the essence.

    Learn more about Penn Heart Rescue

  • PennStar Fleet

    Penn Lung Rescue

    Penn Lung Rescue was developed to ensure patients experiencing a severe respiratory emergency receive the best possible care, no matter where they first seek care. Penn Lung Rescue is the only program in the region that is able to go to a local hospital and initiate Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation (ECMO), a lifesaving treatment option for patients with acute respiratory failure. From there, the patient can be safely transported to Penn Presbyterian Medical Center.

    Learn more about Penn Lung Rescue

  • PennSTAR helicopter

    PennSTAR Flight Program

    The PennSTAR Flight Program provides critical care air medical transportation within a 100-mile radius of Penn Medicine's three hospitals. PennSTAR provides rapid transport of critical care patients, as well as "on-scene" services at the site of accidents and trauma-related incidents.

    Learn more about the PennSTAR Flight Program