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UPMC Hamot is the only accredited trauma center in the Erie region and one of only 35 in the state of Pennsylvania.
Trauma centers care for patients with major injuries that may be life-threatening. To be accredited as a trauma center, a hospital must meet strict guidelines set by the Pennsylvania Trauma Systems Foundation (PTSF).
Most hospitals have emergency departments equipped to handle anything from a minor illness or injury to serious conditions including heart attack and stroke. However, not every emergency department, or hospital, is a trauma center.
An accredited trauma center, such as UPMC Hamot, has access 24 hours a day, seven days a week, to a team of skilled medical professionals who are specially trained to provide the highest level of care available to severely injured or ill patients. At UPMC Hamot, that team includes:
In addition to its trauma center accreditation, UPMC Hamot has received: