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Forbes Trauma Center Marks Five Years of Life-Saving Service to Pittsburgh’s Eastern Suburbs

Friday, November 9, 2018

MONROEVILLE, PA. – Forbes Hospital, part of the Allegheny Health Network, is marking the five-year anniversary of the creation of Forbes Trauma Center, the only such program of its kind in Pittsburgh’s eastern suburbs. During those five years, Forbes Trauma Center has treated nearly 10,000 critically injured patients, delivering high-quality care to patients with life-threatening traumatic injuries.

The Forbes Trauma Center team, including surgeons, physician assistants and registered nurses who have completed special training in trauma care, provides advanced critical care 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The Pennsylvania Trauma Systems Foundation accredited Forbes as a Level II Trauma Center in October 2013, making it the 31st trauma center in Pennsylvania.

Trauma is the leading cause of death in the U.S. for people age one through 44, and minimizing the time to treatment is essential to patient survival. Trauma centers are specialized hospitals with resources immediately available to provide effective surgical intervention that reduces the likelihood of death or permanent disability.

The trauma team’s care for critically injured patients from the mass stabbing incident at Franklin Regional High School in Murrysville in April 2014 has been recognized as the difference between life and death for several of the wounded. As the primary trauma center, seven students and one adult from the incident were admitted to Forbes for treatment. All of them, including the three students with the most severe injuries, survived.

 “Our trauma program has proven to be a wonderful resource for the community, with an exceptional team of clinicians and support staff who provide optimal care for people with life-threatening injuries. As a Level II trauma center, Forbes expected to treat approximately 350 patients per year, however the center has averaged more than 1,800 patients each year since we opened its doors,” said Mark Rubino, MD, President, Forbes Hospital.

“It’s yet another example of Forbes’ importance to the community as the east suburbs’ most comprehensive full-service health care provider,” Dr. Rubino said. “We have invested more than $2.5 million in new technologies and facility renovations to make sure trauma patients receive a high level of care, right in their own community.”

Among the patients who have benefited from treatment at Forbes Trauma Center is Jerry Townsend, who was driving an asphalt paver at a construction site in Monroeville when the machine’s hydraulics gave out causing it to veer off the road into a ditch, pinning Townsend underneath. 

Jehangir Badar, MD, a Forbes trauma surgeon, assisted at the accident scene. After almost an hour, Townsend was pulled from beneath the roller. He suffered numerous severe injuries including multiple cervical fractures, rib fractures, leg fractures and lower extremity crush injury. He was admitted to Forbes Trauma Center and underwent numerous surgeries over the next few weeks.

Townsend walked out of the hospital under his own power just over a month after the accident.

Forbes Hospital is a 315-bed facility in Monroeville, serving as the provider of quality health care for residents of Pittsburgh’s eastern suburbs since 1978. Forbes handles approximately 15,000 inpatient admissions, 12,000 surgeries and nearly 50,000 emergency department visits annually.

Forbes offers a complete array of surgical, medical, rehabilitative and emergency care, as well as specialty services such as cardiology, orthopedics, neurosurgery, oncology, stroke care, endocrinology, behavioral health, and obstetrics.

Since opening the trauma center, Forbes has made several additions that enhance the trauma program, including a new state-of-the-art 20-bed intensive care unit (ICU) and a renovated Emergency Department.