Dr. Charles F. Barbera has been named chair of the Pennsylvania Trauma Systems Foundation (PTSF) Board of Directors for a one-year term.
The appointment became effective the first of the year. Barbera served as vice chair of PTSF for the past two years and joined the Board in 2013 after being nominated by the Pennsylvania College of Emergency Physicians.
The Pennsylvania Trauma Systems Foundation is the accrediting body for trauma centers throughout the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The Foundation was created through the combined efforts of the Pennsylvania Medical Society and The Hospital & Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania, along with the Pennsylvania State Nurses Association, the Pennsylvania Emergency Health Services Council, and the Pennsylvania Department of Health, according to a PTSF statement.
“The Pennsylvania Trauma Systems Foundation is an important organization for the health and safety of all individuals in the commonwealth,” said P. Sue Perrotty, Tower Health CEO. “It is an honor to have Dr. Barbera, one of Tower Health’s physician leaders, be the first Emergency Medicine Physician to serve as chair. I know he will work tirelessly for patients in every community.”
“It is a privilege to serve as chair of the Pennsylvania Trauma Systems Foundation Board,” Barbera said. “During my tenure I am committed to promoting trauma center development, advocating for legislation to improve the trauma system in the state, and working with industry partners to improve trauma care in the areas of EMS, injury prevention, clinical care, and trauma system enhancement.”
Barbera, from Wyomissing, serves as vice president, Pre-Hospital and Unscheduled Care at Tower Health. He oversees Pre-Hospital, Emergency, Urgent Care and Telehealth. He also served as the vice chair of the Reading Hospital Board of Trustees and is a member of the Board of Trustees at Alvernia University, Threshold Rehabilitation Services, and The Berks County Aging Advisory Council. He previously served as the president of Pennsylvania College of Emergency Physicians and The Berks County Medical Society and on the boards of Autism Society of Berks County, American Heart Association, and the Children’s Home of Reading.
He received his Doctor of Medicine from Temple University School of Medicine, his Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication Arts from LaSalle University, his Master’s in Business Administration from Alvernia University, and his Master’s in Public Health from The George Washington University.