Charles F. Barbera, MD, MBA, FACEP, Chair of the Department of Emergency Medicine at Reading Hospital, has been elected to a three-year term on the Pennsylvania Trauma Systems Foundation Board of Directors as a representative of the Pennsylvania Chapter of the American College of Emergency Physicians.
The Pennsylvania Trauma Systems Foundation was created as the accrediting body for trauma centers in Pennsylvania as part of the EMS Act of 1985 through the combined efforts of the Pennsylvania Medical Society and The Hospital and Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania, in addition to the Pennsylvania State Nurses Association, the Pennsylvania Emergency Health Services Council, and the Pennsylvania Department of Health.
Under his leadership, Reading Hospital’s Emergency Department volume has nearly doubled while achieving success in both throughput and patient satisfaction. It recently received the Highmark Quality Blue Award for ED throughput, and was chosen as a case study for success by Press Ganey and Associates.
Reading Hospital’s Department of Emergency Medicine has more than 450 employees, including 52 physicians and 30 advanced practitioners, and sees more than 130,000 patients annually.
Licensed by the Pennsylvania Department of Health for 735 acute care beds, Reading Hospital is home to many of our finest specialty care centers, including the McGlinn Family Regional Cancer Center, Miller Regional Heart Center, and a Level II Trauma Center. This campus also includes Beginnings Maternity Center, which contains the region’s only Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU).
Dr. Barbera holds a BA in Communication Arts from LaSalle University, his MD from Temple University School of Medicine, and an MBA from Alvernia University. He is a past-president of The Berks County Medical Society and president-elect of the PA Chapter of the American College of Emergency Physicians.