Lehigh Valley Hospital–Muhlenberg officially became a Level II adult trauma center on Sept. 1.
We realize there might be questions about trauma centers, the designation level they receive, and more. We asked Joseph Stirparo, MD, trauma surgeon and Trauma Program Medical Director for LVH–Muhlenberg, to provide the answers to five of them.
Q: Why did Lehigh Valley Health Network (LVHN) feel a trauma center was needed at LVH–Muhlenberg?
A: The decision to have an adult trauma center at LVH–Muhlenberg was based on the idea of caring for patients in the community where they live. It’s quality care, close to home.
Q: What’s the difference between the Level II LVH–Muhlenberg adult trauma center and the trauma center at LVH–Cedar Crest?
A: They’re very similar in capability and what types of patients they can care for. A Level I adult trauma center also has trauma research and a surgical residency program. The trauma center at LVH–Cedar Crest is a combined Adult Level I/Pediatric Level II trauma center.