Division of Trauma, Acute Care and Critical Care Surgery
Welcome to the Division of Trauma, Acute Care and Critical Care Surgery at Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center. Our goal is to meet your needs for the best in trauma, acute care and critical care surgery 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year.
Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center is a 501 bed tertiary care medical center in a rural setting, serving central Pennsylvania and northern Maryland. The catchment area has a population base of over 1.2 million people. Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center is the only Level I Trauma Center for both the adult and pediatric population in south Central Pennsylvania with approximately 2,000 admissions to the adult service annually. The trauma team is led by a physician specially trained in the management of critically ill and injured patients. The Surgical Intensive Care Unit (SICU) is a 30-bed state-of-the-art complex providing critical care services for over 1,800 patients annually. The patient population in the SICU includes a diverse mix of cardiothoracic, general, vascular, transplant, trauma, and neurosurgical cases. The acute care surgery practice meets the needs of those patients requiring emergency general surgery and provides surgery and follow-up to those patients as well as referral back to their home community physicians.
The objective of our educational programs is to train the best clinical and academic surgeons possible. This begins with the education of our medical students in clerkships and continues through residency and Surgical Critical Care and/or Acute Care Surgery Fellowships. The program provides the opportunity for trainees of all levels to learn the fundamentals of basic science as applied to clinical surgery. In addition, the program provides outstanding experience in the resuscitative, pre-operative, operative, and post-operative care of patients in the trauma, acute care or critical care surgery realm.
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Mets earns top educator honors with SEA/Duke Award
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Penn State Hershey Surgical Weight Loss held its annual Fall Social and Drop Your Drawers event Oct. 16. Patients and guests enjoyed an evening celebrating the life-changing outcomes that surgical weight loss procedures can help to facilitate.More...
Lecture to focus on understanding safety, quality at the unit level
Jan Jacobs, safety consultant with Ascension, will present “Safety and Quality at the Unit Level” at noon Friday, Oct. 24, in Lecture Room D on the Penn State Hershey campus. Faculty, staff and students are encouraged to attend this lecture being held in conjunction with Healthcare Quality Week (Oct. 19 to 25).More...