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 Info
  • 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:

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.