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Format: 04/18/2014
Format: 04/18/2014

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Forbes Regional Hospital Receives Accreditation to Become Pittsburgh’s Newest Trauma Center

Tuesday, August 6th, 2013

Forbes Hospital, an affiliate hospital of the Allegheny Health Network, today announced that it has become accredited by the Pennsylvania Trauma Systems Foundation as a Level II Trauma Center. Beginning October 1, 2013, Forbes will become the 31st trauma center in Pennsylvania. 

According to Christoph R. Kaufmann, MD, MPH, FACS, Forbes’ Trauma Medical Director, the designation represents an important milestone for the hospital and a critical new resource for the region. 

“Trauma is the leading cause of death in the U.S. from ages one through 44. Having advanced treatment capabilities for traumatic injury will make a tremendous difference to this community for those who live here,” Dr. Kaufmann said. 

Dr. Kaufmann said significant investment was made in both the Forbes medical staff and facilities to make trauma center accreditation possible. 

“Our outstanding trauma team includes critical care trained surgeons and trauma physician assistants, who are in-house 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and a nursing staff specially trained in management of traumatic injuries. We have also invested more than $2.5 million in capital equipment and facility renovations to make sure our patients receive the highest level of care possible and have the absolute best chance of recovering from their injuries.”

Trauma centers are specialized hospitals with resources immediately available to provide efficient and effective surgical intervention for life-threatening traumatic injuries to reduce the likelihood of death or permanent disability. Accredited trauma centers are regularly evaluated by the PA Trauma Systems Foundation to ensure they meet the highest of standards for patient care quality.  

As a Level II trauma center, Forbes expects to treat approximately 350 major trauma patients each year, said President and CEO Reese Jackson. 

“This is a proud day for Forbes and the entire Allegheny Health Network.  Our new trauma program is a wonderful resource for the community that will help decrease  death rates in our region related to trauma by providing optimal care for those who suffer these kinds of injuries. And it’s yet another example of Forbes’ importance to this community as its only full service healthcare provider,” said Jackson.

Level II trauma accreditation is just the latest high-level service Forbes has added to secure its place as the leading specialized care facility in Pittsburgh’s Eastern suburbs. Other recent investments in the facility include a new, state-of-the-art Breast Care Center,  a new liver disease clinic, expanded orthopaedic and neurosurgical capabilities and a state-of-the-art comprehensive robotic surgery program that now offers patient’s advanced lung, gynecologic, esophageal and cardiovascular surgery options.

Forbes is now one of two Allegheny Health Network affiliated hospitals accredited by the State for trauma. Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh has been a Level I Trauma Center since 1978.
 

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About the Allegheny Health Network:
Allegheny Health Network is an integrated healthcare delivery system serving the Western Pennsylvania region. The Network is comprised of seven hospitals, including its flagship academic medical center Allegheny General Hospital, Allegheny Valley Hospital, Canonsburg Hospital, Forbes Hospital, Jefferson Hospital, Saint Vincent Heath System and West Penn Hospital; the Allegheny-Singer Research Institute; a soon-to open medical mall; and a healthcare group purchasing organization. The Network employs approximately 17,000 people, including more than 2,100 physicians on its medical staff. The Network also serves as a clinical campus for both Temple University School of Medicine and Drexel University College of Medicine.

 

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