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Hahnemann COO Elected to the Pennsylvania Trauma System Foundation Board
Date:4/7/2009

PHILADELPHIA, April 7 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Hahnemann University Hospital is pleased to announce that its Chief Operating Officer, James B. Burke, FACHE, has been appointed to the Board of Directors for the Pennsylvania Trauma Systems Foundation (PTSF). Recommended by the Hospital & Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania (HAP) to fill an open position, Mr. Burke was approved by the PTSF at their board meeting held on March 19.

The Foundation's board of directors is comprised of 19-healthcare professionals with experience and expertise in the emergency health care industry. Mr. Burke is one of five members representing statewide hospital organizations. Board membership also includes:

  • five members representing statewide physician organizations,
  • two members representing statewide nursing organizations,
  • two members representing statewide emergency services organizations,
  • the Chairman and Minority Chairman of both the Senate and House Health and Welfare Committees, or their committee member designees, and
  • the Secretary of the Department of Health or designee.

The purpose of the Pennsylvania Trauma Systems Foundation is to develop standards for the operation of trauma centers in Pennsylvania, adopting at a minimum the current guidelines for trauma centers as defined by the American College of Surgeons. The Foundation also evaluates hospitals for accreditation, conducts site surveys, initiates programs of education and research, and develops a statewide trauma registry known as the Pennsylvania Trauma Outcome Study (PTOS).

Mr. Burke is also a member of Council of Regents, the legislative body of the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE). As a Regent, Mr. Burke represents ACHE's membership in Pennsylvania.

Mr. Burke received his undergraduate degree in economics from the University of Pennsylvania in 1979 and his master of business administration from Drexel University in 1984.

About Hahnemann University Hospital

Hahnemann University Hospital is a 541-bed academic medical center at Broad and Vine Streets in Philadelphia, Pa. The hospital is a tertiary care institution that specializes in cardiac services, heart failure and transplantation, OB/GYN, orthopedics, medical, surgical and radiation oncology, bone marrow transplantation, renal dialysis and kidney/pancreas/liver transplantation. Hahnemann is recognized by the American Heart Association as a leader in coronary artery disease and heart failure treatments. The hospital performed one of the city's first kidney transplants in 1963 and one of the first bone marrow transplants in 1976. Hahnemann became Philadelphia's first Level I Regional Resource Trauma Center for adults in 1986, and since then has been served by MidAtlantic MedEvac, an aeromedical transport program for critically ill patients. Hahnemann is proud to be the first hospital in Philadelphia to join with The Wellness Community of Philadelphia to offer onsite support and education services to cancer patients and their families. Hahnemann is fully accredited by the Joint Commission on the Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations, the nation's oldest and largest hospital accreditation agency. An affiliate of Drexel University College of Medicine, Hahnemann University Hospital is part of Tenet Pennsylvania, which also includes St. Christopher's Hospital for Children. To learn more about Hahnemann, visit www.hahnemannhospital.com


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