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Timeline

November 2013

First Accredited, Level IV Trauma Program

‚ÄčNovember 1, 2013 the Foundation Board of Directors accredited St. Luke’s Hospital, Miner’s Campus as the first level IV trauma program.  “Miner’s” is located in Coaldale, Pennsylvania.

April 2013

PA Trauma’s New Site!

The Foundation's new website aimed at increasing statewide trauma center collaboration goes live.  Community collaboration, education and regional information are the focus of the new website.
March 2011

Accreditation for Level IV Trauma Centers Standards

Board approves Standards of Trauma Center Accreditation for Level IV Trauma Centers.

October 2010

Board announces accreditation of 31 trauma centers

Board announces accreditation of 31 trauma centers, 1 of which is a new Level II trauma center for the period October 1, 2010 through September 30, 2011.

November 2009

Board announces accreditation of 32 trauma centers

Board announces accreditation of 32 trauma centers, 4 of which are Level III trauma centers for the period November 1, 2009 through September 30, 2010.

July 2009

Board approves development of Level IV standards

Board approves development of Level IV standards for trauma center accreditation.  Three year timeline developed.

November 2008

Board announces accreditation of two Level III trauma centers

Board announces accreditation of two Level III trauma centers for the period November 1, 2008 through September 30, 2009.

October 2008

Trauma center titles and classification changes

Trauma center titles change from Regional Resource and Regional language to Level I and Level II language.  In addition Level I and Level II centers are identified as either Adult or Pediatric.

Board announces 28 Level I and Level II accredited trauma centers for the period October 1, 2008 through September 30, 2009:

  • Ten (10) Adult Level I Trauma Centers
  • One (1) Adult Level I/Pediatric Level I Trauma Center
  • Two (2) Adult Level I/Pediatric Level II Trauma Centers
  • Twelve (12) Adult Level II Trauma Centers
  • Three (3) Peditric Level I Trauma Centers
November 2007

Board announces 28 accredited trauma centers

Board announces 28 accredited trauma centers for the period November 1, 2007 through September 30, 2008:

  • Ten (10) Regional Resource Trauma Centers
  • Three (3) Regional Resource Trauma Centers with Additional Qualifications in Pediatric Trauma
  • Eleven (11) Regional Trauma Centers
  • Three (3) Pediatric Regional Resource Trauma Centers
  • One (1) Level III Trauma Center
October 2007

Board announces accreditation of one Level III trauma center

Board announces accreditation of one Level III trauma center for the period November 1, 2007 through September 30, 2008.  This is the first accredited Level III trauma center in Pennsylvania.

October 2007

Board announces 27 accredited trauma centers

Board announces 27 accredited trauma centers for the period October 1, 2007 through September 30, 2008:

  • Nine (9) Regional Resource Trauma Centers
  • Four (4) Regional Resource Trauma Centers with Additional Qualifications in Pediatric Trauma
  • Eleven (11) Regional Trauma Centers
  • Three (3) Pediatric Regional Resource Trauma Centers
October 2006

Board announces 26 accredited trauma centers

Board announces 26 accredited trauma centers for the period October 1, 2006 through September 30, 2007:

  • Nine (9) Regional Resource Trauma Centers
  • Four (4) Regional Resource Trauma Centers with Additional Qualifications in Pediatric Trauma
  • Ten (10) Regional Trauma Centers
  • Three (3) Pediatric Regional Resource Trauma Centers
October 2005

Board announces 26 accredited trauma centers

Board announces 26 accredited trauma centers for the period October 1, 2005 through September 30, 2006:

  • Nine (9) Regional Resource Trauma Centers
  • Four (4) Regional Resource Trauma Centers with Additional Qualifications in Pediatric Trauma
  • Ten (10) Regional Trauma Centers
  • Three (3) Pediatric Regional Resource Trauma Centers
January 2005

Level III standards

Level III Standards for trauma center accreditation finalized.

October 2004

Board announces 26 accredited trauma centers

Board announces 26 accredited trauma centers for the period October 1, 2004 through September 30, 2005:

  • Nine (9) Regional Resource Trauma Centers
  • Four (4) Regional Resource Trauma Centers with Additional Qualifications in Pediatric Trauma
  • Ten (10) Regional Trauma Centers
  • Three (3) Pediatric Regional Resource Trauma Centers
March 2004

HB 100

Governor Rendell signs HB 100 into law providing funding for trauma centers and mandating that PTSF develop standards for trauma center accreditation for Level III trauma centers.

January 2004

Hospital resumes trauma services

Hahnemann University Hospital resumes trauma services.

December 2003

Medical College of Pennsylvania Hospital closure

Tenet Health System announces closure of Medical College of Pennsylvania Hospital effective March 31, 2004.

November 2003

Medical College of Pennsylvania Hospital trauma services suspended

Tenet Health System suspends trauma services at Medical College of Pennsylvania Hospital due to nursing strike. Tenet Health System temporarily suspends trauma services at Hahnemann University Hospital due to lack of trauma physician coverage.

October 2003

Board announces accredited trauma centers

Board announces accredited trauma centers for the period October 1, 2003 through September 30, 2004:

  • Ten (10) Regional Resource Trauma Centers
  • Four (4) Regional Resource Trauma Centers with Additional Qualifications in Pediatric Trauma
  • Ten (10) Regional Trauma Centers
  • Three (3) Pediatric Regional Resource Trauma Centers
March 2003

Board announces accreditation status

Board announces accreditation status has been granted to St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children, a Pediatric Regional Resource Trauma Center, for the period from March 17, 2003 through September 30, 2004.

October 2002

Board announces accredited trauma centers

Board announces accredited trauma centers for the period October 1, 2002 through September 30, 2003:

  • Ten (10) Regional Resource Trauma Centers
  • Four (4) Regional Resource Trauma Centers with Additional Qualifications in Pediatric Trauma
  • Ten (10) Regional Trauma Centers
  • Two (2) Pediatric Regional Resource Trauma Centers
October 2001

Board announces accredited trauma centers

Board announces accredited trauma centers for the period October 1, 2001 through September 30, 2002:

  • Eight (8) Regional Resource Trauma Centers
  • Four (4) Regional Resource Trauma Centers with Additional Qualifications in Pediatric Trauma
  • Thirteen (13) Regional Trauma Centers
  • Two (2) Pediatric Regional Resource Trauma Centers
October 2000

Board announces accredited trauma centers

Board announces accredited trauma centers for the period October 1, 2000 through September 30, 2001:

  • Eight (8) Regional Resource Trauma Centers
  • Five (5) Regional Resource Trauma Centers with Additional Qualifications in Pediatric Trauma
  • Thirteen (13) Regional Trauma Centers
  • Two (2) Pediatric Regional Resource Trauma Centers
October 1999

Board announces accredited trauma centers

Board announces accredited trauma centers for the period October 1, 1999 through September 30, 2000:

  • Eight (8) Regional Resource Trauma Centers
  • Four (4) Regional Resource Trauma Centers with Additional Qualifications in Pediatric Trauma
  • Thirteen (13) Regional Trauma Centers
  • Two (2) Pediatric Regional Resource Trauma Centers
October 1998

Board announces accredited trauma centers

Board announces accredited trauma centers for the period October 1, 1998 through September 30, 1999:

  • Eight (8) Regional Resource Trauma Centers
  • Four (4) Regional Resource Trauma Centers with Additional Qualifications in Pediatric Trauma
  • Thirteen (13) Regional Trauma Centers
  • Two (2) Pediatric Regional Resource Trauma Centers
June 1993

Workers’ Compensation Reform

Workers’ Compensation Reform bill provides an exemption for accredited trauma centers (the same as the Automobile Insurance Reform bill).

December 1992

Extension of maximum accreditation period

Governor Robert P. Casey signs a bill into law that extends the maximum accreditation period for certificates granted to trauma centers from two to three years.

October 1992

Board announces accredited trauma centers

Board announces accredited trauma centers for the period October 1, 1992 through September 30, 1993:

  • Nine (9) Regional Resource Trauma Centers
  • Three (3) Regional Resource Trauma Centers with Additional Qualifications in Pediatric Trauma
  • Eleven (11) Regional Trauma Centers
  • Two (2) Pediatric Regional Resource Trauma Centers
October 1991

Board announces accredited trauma centers

Board announces accredited trauma centers for the period October 1, 1991 through September 30, 1992:

  • Eleven (11) Regional Resource Trauma Centers
  • One (1) Regional Resource Trauma Center with Additional Qualifications in Pediatric Trauma
  • Ten (10) Regional Trauma Centers
  • Two (2) Pediatric Regional Resource Trauma Centers
April 1991

Automobile Insurance Reform Act

Automobile Insurance Reform Act includes payment for accredited trauma centers at the usual and customary rate for trauma patients who are triaged using the pre-hospital triage criteria.

October 1990

Board announces accredited trauma centers

Board announces accredited trauma centers for the period October 1, 1990 through September 30, 1991:

  • Twelve (12) Regional Resource Trauma Centers
  • Ten (10) Regional Trauma Centers
  • Two (2) Pediatric Regional Resource Trauma Centers
October 1989

Board announces accredited trauma centers

Board announces accredited trauma centers for the period October 1, 1989 through September 30, 1990:

  • Eleven (11) Regional Resource Trauma Centers
  • Twelve (12) Regional Trauma Centers
  • Two (2) Pediatric Regional Resource Trauma Centers
March 1989

The first statewide nursing peer review of trauma cases is held

Trauma Program Coordinators Conference - The first statewide nursing peer review of trauma cases is held.

October 1988

Board announces accredited trauma centers

Board announces accredited trauma centers for the period October 1, 1988 through September 30, 1989:

  • Eleven (11) Regional Resource Trauma Centers
  • Fifteen (15) Regional Trauma Centers
  • Two (2) Pediatric Regional Resource Trauma Centers
July 1988

First statewide peer review

Trauma Directors Conference - The first statewide physician peer review of trauma cases is held.

April 1988

Board announces additional accredited trauma centers

Board announces three (3) additional accredited trauma centers from the 1987 cycle:

  • One (1) Regional Resource Trauma Center
  • Two (2) Regional Trauma Centers
November 1987

Appeals hearings

First step of Appeals Hearings: Pre-Informational Hearings are held for nine (9) hospitals.

October 1987

Board announces accredited trauma centers

Board announces accredited trauma centers:

  • Ten (10) Regional Resource Trauma Centers
  • Ten (10) Regional Trauma Centers
  • Two (2) Pediatric Regional Resource Trauma Centers
Jan-April 1987

Board announces additional accredited trauma centers

Board announces additional accredited trauma centers from the first cycle process as a result of focused site survey reviews:

  • Four (4) Regional Resource Trauma Centers
  • Four (4) Regional Trauma Centers
December 1986

Board announces additional accredited trauma centers

Board announces additional accredited trauma centers:

  • One (1) Regional Resource Trauma Center
  • One (1) Regional Trauma Center
  • One (1) Pediatric Regional Resource Trauma Center

Second accreditation cycle begins. Applications for Survey and Standards for Trauma Center Accreditation available.

November 1986

Appeals hearings

First step of Appeals Hearings - Pre-Informational Hearings are held for 26 hospitals.

October 1986

Board announces accredited trauma centers

Board announces accredited trauma centers:

  • Five (5) Regional Resource Trauma Centers
  • Three (3) Regional Trauma Centers
  • One (1) Pediatric Regional Resource Trauma Center

First time accreditation is a one year provisional accreditation.

PTSF statewide Trauma Registry begins with the accredited trauma centers.

June-July 1985

Standards adopted

Standards for Adult Regional Resource (Level I) and Regional (Level II) Trauma Center are adopted by the Board.

Board charges the Standards Committee with development of Level III type Standards.

General Assembly of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania enacts the Emergency Medical Services Act (Act 1985-45) and it is signed by Governor Thornburgh. Act 1985-45 is an omnibus EMS bill that defines the authority and responsibility of the DOH and PTSF.

January 1985

PTSF bylaws

PTSF approves Bylaws and Articles of Incorporation.

December 1984

HB 1627 signed into law

Governor Thornburgh signs HB 1627 into law.

October 1984

PTSF first meeting

PTSF Board of Directors (Board) holds its first meeting.

July-Sept 1984

PTSF approved

HAP Board of Trustees approves establishment of Pennsylvania Trauma Systems Foundation (PTSF) in July. PMS Board of Trustees approves establishment of PTSF in September

May 1984

Development of voluntary accreditation program

HAP and PMS form Trauma Task Force to develop voluntary accreditation program.

February 1984

Support for accreditation

HAP and PMS testify against DOH trauma center designation and indicate support for accreditation.

January 1984

New comprehensive emergency medical services law recommended

Legislative Budget and Finance Committee issues report on emergency medical services in Pennsylvania and recommends the enactment of a new comprehensive emergency medical services law to the General Assembly.

October 1983

Legislation for trauma centers

 

(Governor) Thornburgh Administration and DOH develop proposed legislation to designate trauma centers and license ambulances.

 

June 1983

Trauma center guidelines

American College of Surgeons (ACS) approves trauma center guidelines.

February 1982

Voluntary trauma center accreditation

HAP Board of Trustees approves policy to support voluntary trauma center accreditation program and to oppose designation by DOH.

July 1976

Pennsylvania Emergency Health Services Council

HAP, PMS, and the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) establish the Pennsylvania Emergency Health Services Council (PEHSC).

 

June 1971

Improving emergency medical services in Pennsylvania.

Pennsylvania Medical Society (PMS) report, Emergency Medical and Health Services in Pennsylvania, calls for PMS, the Hospital Association of Pennsylvania (HAP), and the Pennsylvania Department of Health (DOH) to take the lead in improving emergency medical services in Pennsylvania.