Trauma Centers

Trust the specially trained teams in Essentia Health’s trauma centers to care for you or a loved one after a sudden, severe injury.

What’s a Trauma Center?

A trauma specializes in caring for extreme and life-threatening injuries. You’ll find all the resources and specialists of an emergency room plus surgeons and nurses with advanced training to treat traumatic injuries.

If you or a loved one has a traumatic injury, call 911 right away. The paramedics will assess your condition and determine where to take you for care. You may go to a trauma center if you need care for:

  • Blunt trauma More Information
  • Brain injury
  • Gunshot wound
  • Injuries from a serious fall
  • Injuries from a serious car accident
  • Major burns
  • Stab wound

Trauma Center Levels

Hospitals may be designated as level I, II, III, IV, or V trauma centers based on their resources and the number of patients they treat. Level I centers offer the most comprehensive care.

Your state designates trauma center levels in your community. The American College of Surgeons (ACS), may also verify their status.

Level I Trauma Centers

Level I Trauma Centers provide total care for each patient through every aspect of injury – from emergency care through rehabilitation. You’ll find 24-hour coverage by trauma surgeons, radiologists and anesthesiologists as well as access to specialists including neurosurgeons, plastic surgeons and trauma fellowship-trained orthopedic surgeons. Level I Trauma Centers also participate in trauma-related research and education to improve patient outcomes and the health of communities. Essentia facilities with Level I accreditation include:

Adult Level I Trauma Care at Essentia Health-St. Mary's Medical Center (Duluth) Video Transcript

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(DESCRIPTION)
The exterior of a hospital building. Sign, Emergency Regional Trauma Center. A phone operator takes notes while speaking on the phone.

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SPEAKER: OK, Tier 1, what's the mechanism? So I'll see you in about 20 minutes. I will dispatch trauma team, and I will see on your arrival.

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A helicopter flies overhead. David C. Herman, Essentia Health C. E. O. . A man wearing a suit and glasses sits in a sunny office.

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DAVID C. HERMAN: We've been a trauma center for this region for a long period of time. And there are different types of certifications for trauma centers. And the highest level of trauma center certification is level one.

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The exterior of the building, red brick. A team of surgeons and nurses wearing scrubs in an operating room. A worker inverts a bag of I. V. fluids.

(SPEECH)
This is incredibly important for our community, because I believe that our community not only needs but deserves the same level of care they could get any place else in the country. And knowing that we deliver that care I think is important for us to know, but it's also important for our community, to know that we make that commitment to our community.

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Mark Scott, M. D. , Trauma Surgeon, stands in an operating room wearing a light pink shirt and tie.

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MARK SCOTT: I would hope that any patient in the area who is injured if they're given the choice would say that they want to come to Essentia, because I know that here we have specialists of every specialty who can handle virtually any injury and provide the highest quality of trauma care and see them from the moment of admission all the way through discharge to home.

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Medical staff stand at the bedside of a patient in a neck brace. An ambulance speeds down a street with lights flashing. Kristin Colling, M. D. , Trauma Surgeon, a woman in blue scrubs.

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KRISTIN COLLING: It really is a unique thing that we have a level one trauma center serving this large rural area of the Northland.

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The Essentia Health logo consisting of three leaves in a circle is shown on the map between Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Michigan. A helicopter flies over the landscape. Emergency teams work with medical equipment.

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It's the only one serving all of northern Minnesota, northern Wisconsin, and even out to Michigan. Having a level one trauma center that is easily accessible to this rural community is really important, because every minute in trauma matters. Delays of minutes or even an hour really can change outcomes for patients.

(DESCRIPTION)
Mark Scott.

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MARK SCOTT: We're actively involved in a lot of different avenues of trauma research, and we're teaching the next generation of rural general surgeons here who are going to be going out to smaller hospitals. And they're going to be the front line of trying to care for the region.

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David C. Herman.

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DAVID C. HERMAN: When you're at one of the most difficult days of your life, maybe one of the most uncertain days of your life, you're being brought to an organization that's made that commitment and has that commitment and capability affirmed that you'll be getting the same care you'd get at the best organization anywhere else in the United States.

(DESCRIPTION)
An emergency helicopter lands on the roof. Sign, Regional Trauma Center. Mark Scott.

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MARK SCOTT: People with complicated injuries are oftentimes going to be in the hospital for potentially weeks or longer.

(SPEECH)
DAVID C. HERMAN: So when you can get the absolute best care and it's close to home, it's wonderful because that's where you have the support of your family, your friends, your neighbors, your community, and just the comfort of being in familiar surroundings. This is where we work. This is where we play. This is where we drive to work, and that's where stuff happens. And knowing that you could get the care that you really need at a place where it's very likely for it to happen for you, I think is a very important thing for a region.

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(DESCRIPTION)
A person hold's a patient's hand. The Essentia Health logo appears over the helicopter pilot flying.

Level II Trauma Centers

Level II Trauma Centers provide comprehensive care for most conditions. You’ll find 24-hour coverage by general surgeons, as well as access to orthopedic surgeons, neurosurgeons, anesthesiologists, emergency medicine doctors, radiologists, and critical care specialists. Essentia facilities with Level II accreditation include:

Level III Trauma Centers

Level III Trauma Centers provide prompt assessment, resuscitation, surgery, intensive care, and stabilization. You’ll find 24-hour coverage by emergency medicine doctors, as well as quick access to general surgeons and anesthesiologists. Essentia facilities with Level III accreditation include:

Level IV Trauma Centers

Level IV Trauma Centers evaluate and stabilize patients, and then safely transfer them to a higher level trauma center if needed. You’ll find emergency department staff trained to provide advanced traumatic life support (ATLS), 24-hour laboratory services, and access to trauma nurses and doctors. Essentia facilities with Level IV accreditation include:

Injury Prevention

Count on Essentia trauma centers to help reduce injuries in your community through education, programs, and outreach activities.

Trauma Update

Read our quarterly Trauma Update newsletter from the trauma team at Essentia Health-St. Mary's Medical Center (Duluth).

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