Level I Adult & Pediatric Trauma Center
Verified by the American College of Surgeons as Minnesota’s first Level I Trauma Center in 1989, we are Minnesota’s largest emergency department and busiest trauma center. Care is provided for over 3,000 trauma patients each year.
What is a Level I Trauma Center?
As a Level I Trauma Center, Hennepin Healthcare must ensure that operating rooms, surgeons, imaging, labs, and all the services needed to care for seriously ill or injured patients are available 24/7.
- Access to specialists is crucial. A team of physicians and other providers specially trained to care for trauma patients is available 24/7.
- Experience is mandatory. To be verified, a center must treat a minimum number of trauma patients each year as determined by the American College of Surgeons.
- Trauma patients are a priority. Operating rooms must always be ready with lab and radiology services to care for adults and the special needs of children.
- Highly-trained teams are in place. Nursing staff are required to have advanced training in adult and pediatric trauma.