Benefits of Penn's Level 1 Trauma Center

Located in the Pavilion for Advanced Care at Penn Presbyterian Medical Center, Penn's Level 1 Trauma Center serves as a vital gateway for traumatically injured patients, offering vast resources, the latest technology, and expertly trained staff. Having a Level 1 Trauma Center designation means that we have every available resource needed to provide total care for any aspect of severe injuries.

Accredited by the Pennsylvania Trauma Systems Foundation, our Level 1 designation provides many benefits to patients, including:

  • 24/7 in-house coverage by top trauma, emergency surgery and surgical critical care surgeons.
  • Readily available, in-house care from experts across 29 medical and surgical specialties.
  • Rapid emergency response from PennSTAR, one of the largest and safest hospital-based air and ground transportation medical programs in the nation. Patients receive immediate access to Penn's Trauma Center with an estimated time of 30 seconds from ambulance entrance to trauma bay, and an estimated 20 seconds from the helipad to the trauma bay if patients are flown to Penn. 
  • State-of-the-art trauma unit featuring a 5-bay resuscitation area with immediate access to critical care treatment rooms equipped with the latest medical imaging and diagnostic equipment, including CT, MRI, X-Ray and ultrasound.
  • The capacity to care for an extremely high volume of patients, in our new 178,000 square-foot, acute care building, the Pavilion for Advanced Care.
  • Treatment at a prestigious academic medical institution that also serves as an educational resource for other trauma centers.
  • Providing the latest innovations in trauma care through our exceptionally strong research program with grant funding from NIH as well as other top sources.

Facts About Penn's Trauma Center

image of a hospital stretcherEach year, Penn’s Trauma Center treats close to 2,600 traumatically injured and critically ill patients with a 97 percent survival rate. We offer the most advanced specialty care in the region, resulting in exceptional patient outcomes that rank well above national averages.

Our Trauma Center has one of the highest rates of patient transfers in the region. In 2015, of the nearly 2,600 patients cared for, 539 were transferred to Penn Medicine from other hospitals. Of those, over 20 percent were transferred from other designated trauma centers.

Top injuries treated at Penn's Level 1 Trauma Center include:

  • 33% Falls
  • 32% Interpersonal violence
  • 21% Motor vehicles
  • 7% Other
  • 5.5% Pedestrian accidents
  • 1.5% Bicycle accidents

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In This Section

About the Facility

Our Level I, Regional Resource Trauma Center is one of the largest and technologically advanced facilities in the region.

Traumatic Injuries Treated

Penn traumatologists and emergency surgeons specialize in the treatment of every type of traumatic injury.

Trauma Team

Meet our team of experts who specialize in traumatology, surgical critical care and emergency surgery.

Patient Resources

Learn more about Penn Traumatology, Surgical Critical Care and Emergency Surgery support services and patient and family resources.

Trauma Patient Stories

Hear patient stories from Penn Medicine’s Level I Trauma Center a facility devoted to life-saving treatments for the critically injured.

Research and Clinical Trials

The Penn Trauma Program is grant-funded by the NIH as well as other top sources, allowing for an exceptionally strong research program.

Real Life Savers Nomination Form

Do You Know a Real Life Saver? Tell us your story about someone who performed a life-saving act during a traumatic event.

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