Kris Kaulback, M.D. Named Medical Director of Trauma Program at Paoli Hospital
Paoli Hospital took another step toward opening Chester County’s first trauma center in seven years with the appointment of Dr. Kris Robert Kaulback as the medical center’s trauma program medical director.
Kaulback, while joining Paoli, will also continue as the associate director of the Level I trauma unit at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia.
Jefferson is working with Paoli to develop Paoli’s trauma center.
Paoli, which is part of Main Line Health, has submitted a letter of intent to the Pennsylvania Trauma Systems Foundation to establish a Level II trauma center.
“We’re working to put the pieces in place to fill a demonstrated need for trauma care in the community,” said Barbara Tachovsky, Paoli Hospital’s president.
The hospital’s goal is to become accredited in trauma care in 2011.
Brandywine Hospital in Coatesville was the last Chester County medical center to have a trauma center, but it closed the facility in 2002 citing its inability to recruit enough trauma surgeons to cover round-the-clock shifts. The recruitment problems were tied to soaring malpractice insurance rates in Pennsylvania that at the time were hitting specialists, including orthopedic surgeons, particularly hard.
Malpractice premiums, while still high, have stabilized in recent years because of a variety of reform measures enacted by the state.