Tower Health VP Barbera Leads Trauma Foundation Board

WEST READING PA – Dr. Charles F. Barbera – who in 2018 provided autism awareness training to members of the Lower Pottsgrove Police Department and, later, to the public in a locally held seminar – has been named as chair of the Pennsylvania Trauma Systems Foundation Board of Directors, according to a Tuesday (Jan. 18, 2022) media release from Tower Health.

Barbera, a Wyomissing resident, works as Tower’s vice president of pre-hospital and unscheduled care. He is responsible for its pre-hospital, emergency, urgent care, and telehealth operations.

Barbera has served for the past two years as the independent foundation’s vice chair, having joined its board of directors in 2013. The foundation is the accrediting body for trauma centers throughout the Commonwealth. It was created by the combined efforts of the Pennsylvania Medical Society, The Hospital & Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania, the Pennsylvania State Nurses Association, the Pennsylvania Emergency Health Services Council, and the Pennsylvania Department of Health.

The foundation “is an important organization for the health and safety of all individuals in the commonwealth,” Tower Health chief executive P. Sue Perrotty said. “It is an honor to have Dr. Barbera, one of Tower Health’s physician leaders, be the first emergency medicine physician to serve as (its) chair.

Barbera and an accompanying registered nurse provided the autism training for Lower Pottsgrove officers in July 2018. It was so well received that it was expanded to include the public in a second session publicly offered in September 2018.

Barbera photo provided by Tower Health