Department of Emergency Medicine and Trauma Service Home
When severe, life-threatening injuries occur, the first 60 minutes are critical and are known as the "Golden Hour." Research and experience have shown that advanced, specialized treatment administered at the scene, rapid transportation by air ambulance to a certified trauma center and a waiting trauma surgeon increase the patient's chances for recovery.
When Altoona Hospital created its Regional Trauma Center in 2001 it also joined one of the nation's most recognized air helicopter services for medical transportation. Altoona Regional is a member of the STAT MedEvac