Published on July 24, 2018

Reading Hospital Receives Accreditation as Level I Trauma Center - the Highest Designation Given

Reading Hospital has received accreditation as a Level I Trauma Center from the Pennsylvania Trauma Systems Foundation. This is the highest level of accreditation available for trauma care.

Reading Hospital is Berks County's only Level I Trauma Center, which means that patients in the region with the most life-threatening injuries will be brought to Reading Hospital. Level I accreditation indicates that the Trauma Center provides multidisciplinary treatment and specialized resources for trauma patients, conducts trauma research, has a surgical residency program and treats at least 600 major trauma patients per year.

Reading Hospital is meeting and exceeding rigorous industry standards for providing the most-advanced trauma care possible. In 2017, Reading Hospital had 3,101 trauma patient contacts that touched the lives of families across the region. Prior to this new level of accreditation, Reading Hospital was accredited as a Level II Trauma Center, a distinction it earned in 2005.

"This accreditation would not be possible without the hard work and dedication of our trauma team, including all of the physicians, nurses and clinicians who have been specially trained to care for trauma patients. It's truly a testament to their enduring dedication through the rigorous accreditation process and their commitment to providing the highest quality and safety for the communities and patients we serve," said Clint Matthews, Tower Health President and Chief Executive Officer. "Reading Hospital is the region's leading resource for life-saving care, and our designation as a Level I Trauma Center is another example of the hospital's commitment to Advancing Health and Transforming Lives."