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Trauma and Burn Center

The Trauma Center at Westchester Medical Center cares for the most severely injured patients and has the capability to perform open heart surgery, complex emergency neurosurgery and orthopedic surgery, reattach severed limbs, and to care for burn victims, victims with multiple life-threatening internal injuries, pregnant women and children, among others.

As a Level 1 Trauma Center and the lead hospital in the Hudson Valley regional trauma system, Westchester Medical Center provides leadership and total care for every aspect of injury, from prevention to rehabilitation. Our trauma research is presented at national symposia, and is used as a benchmark for training the region's lifesaving personnel, including local EMTs, firefighters, paramedics, and emergency staff from community hospitals. In fact, our research was used by the U.S. government in the creation of a national program for regional trauma systems throughout the U.S.

The Burn Center at Westchester Medical Center is the only Burn Center between New York City and the Canadian border in Eastern New York, offering hope for survival and a productive life to hundreds of burn victims each year.The Center is also home to the regional Advanced Wound Therapy and Hyperbaric Center, treating burn victims, as well as people with a wide variety of injuries and wounds.

As the only Burn Center between New York City and the Canadian border in Eastern New York, Westchester Medical Center offers hope for survival and a productive life to hundreds of burn victims each year.

The Burn Center maintains a team of highly trained and dedicated burn specialists providing a full range of services from intensive care through rehabilitation, with special attention to the individual's physical, emotional and social needs. The burn unit is self-contained to minimize the risk of infection to the most susceptible of patients. It has private rooms and its own state-of-the art operating rooms and treatment areas. Family rooms, day rooms and a kitchen make patients and families as comfortable as possible.

The Burn Center at Westchester Medical Center is also home to the regional Advanced Wound Therapy and Hyperbaric Center, treating burn victims, as well as people with a wide variety of injuries and wounds.

Every day, hundreds of EMTs and paramedics, police officers and firefighters and nurses and doctors from throughout the region are pressed into service as part of the Hudson Valley's trauma system, rescuing and saving the lives of countless infants, children and adults who have fallen victim to accidents on our roads, in our schools and businesses and in our homes.

Westchester Medical Center is home to the Joel A. Halpern Trauma Center, a Level I Trauma Center which cares for the most severely injured patients and has the capability to perform open heart surgery, complex emergency neurosurgery and orthopedic surgery, reattach severed limbs, and to care for burn victims, victims with multiple life-threatening internal injuries, pregnant women and children, among others. As a top-level trauma center, we are at the core of the regional trauma system and are different from other hospitals because we guarantee immediate on-site availability of specialized surgeons, anesthesiologists, orthopedists, neurosurgeons and other specialty physicians and nurses, and sophisticated resuscitation and life support equipment 24 hours per day.

As the lead hospital in the Hudson Valley regional trauma system, Westchester Medical Center provides leadership and total care for every aspect of injury, from prevention to rehabilitation. Our trauma research is presented at national symposia, and is used as a benchmark for training the region's lifesaving personnel, including local EMTs, firefighters, paramedics, and emergency staff from community hospitals. In fact, our research was used by the U.S. government in the creation of a national program for regional trauma systems throughout the U.S.

Our 24-hour Emergency Department is part of the Regional Trauma and Burn Center for the entire Hudson Valley.  We are fully staffed by experienced board-certified emergency room physicians, nurse practitioners, and critical care nurses, along with physicians in every medical specialty including pediatrics, cardiac care, neurology, neurosurgery and burns.

What Happens When I Arrive?
When you arrive at our Emergency Department, a triage nurse will obtain a brief medical history and take your vital signs including your blood pressure. Our registration clerk will need to obtain your name, address, other important medical information, and consent for treatment. You will be given an identification bracelet at this time.

Will I Need To Wait?
We know you are not feeling well.  But we need to treat patients according to the severity of their illness or injury.  Depending upon your condition and the number of patients in the emergency department, you may have to wait.  Your triage nurse can be helpful in informing you as to what kind of wait, if any, you can expect.

What Can I Expect?
A nurse will be assigned to assist in your treatment and care.  Laboratory tests and X-rays may be performed prior to your examination by a physician.  The doctor will obtain your medical history and complete a physical examination.  Further tests and specialist consultations for an accurate and thorough diagnosis may be ordered.

What Happens If I Am Discharged?
If you are treated and then discharged from our Emergency Department, you will receive follow-up instructions.  We will also refer you to another physician, or you may choose to see your own doctor.

Can Your Fill My Prescription For Medication?
If medication is prescribed for you upon your discharge from the Emergency Department, you are responsible for getting the prescription filled.  We are unable to fill prescriptions.

For additional information, please call 914-493-6001 for the Pediatric Emergency Department or 914-493-7307 for the Adult Emergency Department.

Accidents Don't Just Happen...

Trauma is the leading cause of death in the young and a significant cause of death and disability in all decades of life in the United States today. Trauma has a direct impact on the victims and their families, as well as a social and financial impact on society as a whole.

Westchester Medical Center, as the Regional Trauma Center, has a unique insight into the magnitude and characteristics of trauma in the Hudson Valley region.

Injury Prevention Program

The Joel A. Halpern Trauma Center at Westchester Medical Center has made a commitment to preventing injury in the communities that we serve. With appropriate interventions, most unintentional injuries can be prevented. Please use these resources to help you and those you love stay safe.