Friday, December 11, 2020

The Dr. George H. Robinson Memorial Fund Gifts $19,654 to Support AHN Trauma Patients

PITTSBURGH, Pa —The Dr. George H. Robinson Memorial Fund, part of the PNC Charitable Trusts, has gifted Allegheny Health Network (AHN) $19,654 in support of trauma patients. Specifically, the funds will go toward alleviating financial and economic hardships as a result of unexpected, traumatic injuries and their subsequent emergency care at an AHN facility.

“Financial challenges can be daunting when serious medical conditions arise unexpectedly,” said Allie Quick, AHN chief philanthropy officer. “We’re beyond grateful for our partnership with the Dr. George H. Robinson Memorial Fund and the PNC Charitable Trusts as it will greatly benefit patients in the midst of an extremely difficult time.”

According to the CDC, the total medical and work loss resulting from traumatic injuries and violence amount to roughly $671 billion each year. Further exacerbating the economic toll, trauma victims are increasingly older in age and have higher numbers of comorbidities which can complicate treatment. For example, more than 2.7 million older people treated in emergency rooms are a result of unintentional fall injuries each year.

Despite high rates of insured populations, a recent study in the Journal of Bone & Joint Surgery found that patients with highly-specialized trauma experiences, like orthopedic-related injuries, are likely to experience notable, related financial distress. For families with an injured family member requiring hospitalization, prescription drug and inpatient costs can also make up more than half of the out-of-pocket expenses.

Allegheny General Hospital was western Pennsylvania’s first level 1 trauma center and has the highest designation in trauma care. Forbes Hospital, east of Pittsburgh, is a designated level 2 trauma center, known for consistently provide outstanding care for patients affected by severe injuries.

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