Emergency DuBois Project at Penn Highlands DuBois

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The Frank Varischetti Trauma Center

Penn Highlands DuBois has been accredited as a Level II Trauma Center by the Pennsylvania Trauma Systems Foundation (PTSF). It is the only Level II Trauma Center in Northwestern Pennsylvania.

Level II Trauma Center

  • 120,000 square feet
  • Two floors
  • 24 ED bays, 4 Trauma treatment bays
  • 8 vertical care bays
  • Specialty rooms for behavioral health patients
  • Specialty rooms for sexual assault patients
  • Two helipads to accommodate two medical helicopters
  • 20-room Neuro/Trauma Critical Care Unit on the second floor for neurosurgery patients and post-trauma care
  • Expanded ambulance bay for four ambulances simultaneously
  • An experienced team of trauma surgeons

Accredited trauma centers must be continuously prepared to treat the most serious life threatening and disabling injuries. The Penn Highlands DuBois Trauma Center offers a team of specially trained health care providers with expertise in the care of severely injured patients. These providers include trauma surgeons, neurosurgeons, orthopedic surgeons, cardiac surgeons, radiologists, and nurses.

Often severely injured patients require multidisciplinary, comprehensive emergency medical services; and, prior to the Level II Trauma Center accreditation, patients were transferred out of the region. Now, with a Trauma Center, people with major traumatic injuries in Northwestern Pennsylvania can receive high quality care in their community without the need to be transported to another facility which can have a positive impact on outcomes. When patients receive trauma care close to home, it reduces the time to definitive treatment and also reduces stress on their family and friends who may otherwise have to travel to where their loved one is receiving care.

The Level II Trauma Center accreditation came shortly after Penn Highlands DuBois opened a $21.5 million state-of-the-art Emergency Department (ED) off of South Main Street across from the DuBois Community Medical Building. The new ED was part of Penn Highlands Healthcare’s $180 million Master Facilities Plan that created a state-of-the-art, two-story Emergency Department that is efficiently meeting the healthcare needs of the residents of Clearfield County and surrounding regions. The Master Facilities Plan initially included eight major expansion and renovation projects to modernize, improve and expand upon the services offered throughout the health system and grew to include new Community Medical Buildings in Clarion and Punxsutawney and construction of a state-of-the-art hospital in State College, Pennsylvania.

    ED PHD Fact Sheet

    Emergency Department Entrance