image of the trauma center buildingWhen it comes to emergency situations, especially when it involves trauma, seconds count. They can make the difference between a life-saving situation to a life-altering situation. When you’re facing an emergency and need trauma care, you have a choice. You can choose to have your trauma care at Penn.

For emergencies involving brain and spinal injuries, the Penn Neurotrauma Center at Penn Presbyterian Medical Center (PPMC) is dedicated to providing the highest level of care. As part of the Level One Trauma Center at Penn Presbyterian Medical Center, we utilize a comprehensive team approach through every aspect of your or your loved ones care. This includes initial emergent operative and non-operative care of all cranial and spinal injuries.

The Penn Neurotrauma Center is fully integrated with general trauma, orthopedic, plastic surgery, ENT, and urology specialists. This allows team management of all possible traumatic injuries. We provide immediate intervention, lifesaving surgical procedures, 24/7 monitoring, a seamless transition from the ICU to our general hospital units, to an advanced rehabilitation program, and finally to outpatient follow-up.

Penn is a regional referral center for many other hospital and trauma center in the greater Philadelphia Region and a large portion of the states of Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware.

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Penn serves as a trauma center for hospitals hundreds of miles away. Head and spine injury cases come to us by our helicopter or ambulance.

Neurotrauma Research

Penn Neurotrauma is also involved in a multidisciplinary research program aimed at improving outcome following severe traumatic brain injury.

Neurotrauma Team

Specialized support staff with a specific interest in treating patients with traumatic brain injury and spinal injury, including spinal cord injuries.

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