Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center
We don’t ever expect or plan for trauma. No one leaves home thinking, “I am going to get hurt today.” However, it can happen. And if it does, our patients can rest assured knowing that we have an entire team dedicated to providing the highest-quality, advanced trauma care 24/7-365 here at Geisinger Wyoming Valley Level 1 Trauma Center. Caring for more than 3,000 traumatically injured patients annually, our trauma team ensures the delivery of optimal care to injured patients through a comprehensive, multidisciplinary approach working closely with highly trained, experienced surgical and medical specialists and round the clock support and resources.
Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center (GWV) is an Adult Level 1 Trauma Center committed to providing timely, high-quality, patient-centered, compassionate care for the most seriously ill and injured patients serving the greater Northeastern Pennsylvania and surrounding regions. In addition to our Trauma Program, GWV is a Magnet-designated hospital with Beacon awarded critical care nursing, accredited Stroke Center, and Certified Premier Level Geriatric Fracture Care Program, amongst many other accreditations. The GWV campus also includes the Pearsall Heart Hospital, Henry Cancer Center, Geisinger Janet Weis Children’s Hospital Unit, Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) and the Critical Care Building, all providing the highest-quality specialty care.
Geisinger Wyoming Valley is one of seven trauma centers within the Geisinger Health System (GHS), with six adult and one pediatric trauma center. Geisinger is comprised of ten hospital campuses, research institutions, the Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine and Geisinger-Lewistown School of Nursing, Geisinger Marworth Treatment Center offering inpatient and outpatient drug and alcohol addiction treatment, hundreds of outpatient facilities, as well as our Geisinger at Home program, providing care to medically complex patients in the comfort of their own homes.
GWV is serviced by 111 EMS services. The Geisinger Health System (GHS) also operates an aeromedical service, Geisinger Life Flight, with nine helicopters, including Life Flight 3, located at the Wilkes-Barre Scranton airport and two Critical Care Ground Transport units. Our trauma division at GWV developed an extensive trauma Whole Blood program, the first within GHS, which has, through proven research and success, been expanded to Geisinger Life Flight as well as the other campuses. Our trauma division continues to grow and reach out to our partners throughout the hospital to offer training and educational opportunities. We also are involved in pre-hospital state-wide and local educational opportunities to support our EMS services, as well as established a trauma incident command system (TICS) to better coordinate and communicate during mass casualty situations.
Our trauma team members work with our Trauma Prevention Outreach Coordinator to promote wellness and injury prevention through community education and outreach initiatives. Among these programs are gun safety courses, concussion and brain injury prevention and referrals, and Stop the Bleed training to name a few. Additionally, we have implemented an Inpatient Trauma Injury Prevention Referral program when additional or specific education needs are identified, such as seat belt or helmet use. Our dedicated trauma social worker is extensively trained in drug and alcohol counseling, acute stress reaction/PTSD screenings providing resources and referrals to our patients and families, as well as assists with the coordination of discharge planning needs.
Our Trauma Nurse Case Managers and Trauma Survivors Network (TSN) Coordinators focus on coordinating the care experience for patients and their families. From admission to discharge, they monitor and assist in improving the quality of care of our trauma patients to ensure optimal physical, psychological, and functional outcomes are met. Visiting patients and their families on daily rounds, they use all available resources to integrate and coordinate the activities of all medical disciplines to meet the needs of patients and their families, ensuring the highest quality treatment, smooth transitions through every stage of care and support the journey through recovery.
1000 E Mountain Blvd
Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, 18711
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