PennStar is one of the largest and safest hospital-based air and ground transportation medical programs in the region. PennSTAR provides rapid, critical care medical transportation within a 100-mile radius of Penn Medicine's three Philadelphia-based hospitals. 

PennSTAR helicopter
PennSTAR is available 24 hours a day, every day. When life-threatening injuries occur, rapid emergency response is crucial to the survival and recovery of our patients. Our Level 1 Trauma Center works closely with PennSTAR medics to ensure traumatically injured patients receive immediate access to the trauma center. The estimated time from the helipad entrance to trauma bay is 70 seconds.

In addition to rapid transport of critical care patients, PennSTAR provides "on-scene" services at the site of accidents and trauma-related incidents. Support for major disasters and organ transplant teams is also provided.

With dedicated communications center adjacent to the rooftop helipads at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and Penn Presbyterian Medical Center, all transport requests and support communications between flight teams, medical centers and emergency crews are coordinated on-site.

Unlike most medical flight programs, PennSTAR is hospital-based, a part of Penn Traumatology, Surgical Critical Care and Emergency Surgery, and an integral component of the University of Pennsylvania Trauma System Network – which includes Reading Hospital and Medical Center and St. Luke's Hospital & Health Network in the Lehigh Valley.

Learn more about the PennSTAR Flight program. 

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