In 1989, Hennepin Healthcare was the first hospital in Minnesota verified by the American College of Surgeons as a Level I Trauma Center. The Emergency Department is the busiest in the state with more than 90,000 visits annually. Board certified Emergency Medicine physicians provide 24-hour coverage and outstate emergency consultation. Nurses receive and participate in teaching specialized training (ACLS, TNCC, APLS) in handling trauma and medical emergencies.
Hennepin's Emergency Department includes the care we have provided to critically ill and injured children as a Level I Trauma Center, a designation we have held since 1989 and reinforced in 2010 with our verification as a Level I Pediatric Trauma Center. This separate pediatric verification recognizes our distinctive expertise in caring for children in emergency situations.