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St. Vincent Healthcare

Trauma Center

When trauma strikes, you need immediate, advanced care from emergency experts. The trauma team at St. Vincent Healthcare includes specialized doctors, surgeons and nurses, and ancillary hospital staff who are ready to respond 24/7 with lifesaving care and treatment.

Immediate response to critical injuries

Traumatic injuries can threaten your health, your life and your long-term chances of recovery. It’s essential to have around-the-clock access to trauma experts with the skill and technology to treat critical injuries stemming from accidents or assault.

The Trauma Center at St. Vincent Healthcare is here to meet your needs when the unexpected happens. In a coordinated effort between law enforcement, emergency response, medical transport and trauma professionals, we mobilize experienced teams to manage your emergency and provide the highest level of personalized care.

Why Trauma Centers are important

Trauma Centers give you access to:

  • Advanced tools for evaluating and treating traumatic injuries
  • Doctors, nurses and other staff with special training in emergency medicine and complex trauma
  • Surgeons available when you arrive
  • Specialists available from a broad range of areas, such as orthopedics, neurosurgery, anesthesiology and critical care
  • EMS coordinators, social workers, case managers and others focused on your arrival, care and well-being
  • A continuum of services, including rehabilitation and wound healing, to support your recovery

Trauma center levels

A facility earns the title of “designated trauma center” when it meets requirements established by state or local government authorities. The American College of Surgeons verifies the designation of Trauma Centers as Level, I, II, III, IV or V. Levels depend on the types of resources available and the number of trauma cases handled each year.

The American Trauma Society provides a guide to the levels of Trauma Centers. In brief, services by level signify:

  • Level l – The highest level of definitive and comprehensive care for patients with complex injuries
  • Level ll - Definitive care for complex and severe trauma patients
  • Level lll - Initial evaluation and stabilization (surgically if appropriate) to the trauma patient
  • Levels IV and V - Initial evaluation, stabilization, diagnostic capabilities and transfer to a higher level of care

St. Vincent Healthcare has been designated a Level II trauma center since 1993. There are currently no Level 1 trauma centers in Montana, so our Level II designation represents the highest level of trauma care in the state. We care for more trauma patients than any other hospital in Montana, according to the State of Montana’s 2021 Trauma Registry annual report. Additionally, because we can treat many trauma patients locally, their families don’t have to deal with the burden of being transferred to facilities outside the state.

We are fully committed to continuing our tradition of enhancing access to innovative and high-quality trauma care for the people of our region. The St. Vincent Healthcare HELP Flight program, as well as our pediatric intensive care unit and pediatric surgery program are only a few examples of the investments we have made into enhancing trauma care and maintaining the focus of delivering world-class care close to home.

Click on the blue box at the top of this page to get directions to the St. Vincent Healthcare Emergency Room.

Trauma prevention and preparation

You never know when you will suffer a traumatic injury or illness, so it’s important to have a plan ahead of time. Think about where you want to go to receive your care, and be sure to share that information with someone close to you.

As a Trauma Center, we’re actively committed to preventing trauma and preparing our community to respond seamlessly when critical injuries occur. This effort includes outreach strategies for injury prevention, continuing education for trauma team members and continuous improvement to our trauma services.

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