When the SUV carrying New Jersey Governor Corzine smashed into a guardrail a year ago crushing 15 bones and pushing his femur through his pant leg, the trauma unit at Cooper Hospital saved his life. Trauma units are super-duper emergency rooms where helicopters rush those who’ve been shot through the heart, battered into a coma or broken in pieces. The minute a copter touches down on the hospital roof, a team of trauma specialists springs into action: anesthetists, surgeons, x-ray techs, E.R. physicians, trauma nurses, respiratory therapists, all trained to handle disasters. In what may be a sad testament to our city’s violence, we have seven Level 1 Trauma centers in Philadelphia; all have met the most stringent standards of 24/7 care for dire medical and surgical emergencies.
Albert Einstein Medical Center, 5501 Old York Road, 215-456-7890, Einstein.edu.
Charles Wolferth Trauma Center at Hahnemann Hospital, Broad and Vine streets, 215-762-8800, Hahnemannhospital.com.
The Trauma Center at Penn, 3440 Market Street, 215-662-2335, pennhealth.com/surgery/cpup/divisions/trauma.html.
Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, 1020 Sansom Street, 800-JEFF-NOW, Jeffersonhospital.org.
Temple Trauma Center, Parkinson Pavilion, Broad and Tioga streets, fourth floor, 215-707-8225, Tuh.templehealth.org.
Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, 34th Street and Civic Center Boulevard, 215-590-1000, Chop.edu.
St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children, East Erie Avenue and North Front Street 3601 A Street, 215-427-5000, Stchristophershospital.com.
Cooper University Hospital Trauma Center, 1 Cooper Plaza, Camden, 856-342-3430, cooperhealth.org/traumacenter.htm.