Trauma Units Provide Specialty Care to Critically Injured in PA

Allegheny General Hospital’s Shock Trauma Unit is one of 38 in Pennsylvania providing extensive care to critically ill and injured patients. Since its establishment in 1979, the trauma unit and its specialized medical services and resources have been helping the severely injured return to their lives, as they did with 15-year-old Taylor McElroy.

When Taylor failed to return home following a ride on a quad in 2013, her brother Ryan jumped on his bike to search for her. Ryan found Taylor unconscious, lying between the quad and a tree, which she apparently had hit.

After Ryan contacted his mom, Tammy—who called 911 as she raced to the scene—Prospect Volunteer Fire Department and Butler Ambulance determined Taylor had a serious head injury and summoned LifeFlight to take her to Allegheny General.

After 19 days in the Shock Trauma Unit, Taylor recovered from her severe brain injury. Even though she can’t remember details of the accident, she is doing well today.

Accidents happen. It’s thanks to the specialized services of trauma centers like Allegheny General’s that critical patients can get help day or night.