Level I Pediatric Trauma Center

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Hennepin County Medical Center has decades of experience caring for children and adolescents with traumatic injuries. We are verified as a Level I Pediatric Trauma Center by the American College of Surgeons (ACS). This verification—the highest possible—recognizes Hennepin's distinctive expertise in caring for critically ill and injured children. In 1989, we became Minnesota's first Level I Trauma Center for both adults and children. Since then, we have continued a strong tradition of providing state-of-the-art trauma care to all of our patients, including the youngest and most vulnerable.

Services uniquely positioned to provide the very best in pediatric trauma care

When an accident or injury happens, we want children to have the very best care. As a Level I Pediatric Trauma Center, Hennepin has everything in place and ready to care for seriously injured children - from the time of injury through rehabilitation. This high level of preparation can significantly increase a seriously injured patient’s chances of survival and optimal recovery.

Some of the specialized resources include:

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  • Accredited Pediatric Burn Center
  • Nationally recognized Traumatic Brain Injury Center
  • Orthopedic trauma surgeons for children and adolescent of all ages
  • A National leader in hyperbaric medicine, with 24/7 availability
  • ECMO protocols for adolescent patients
  • If needed, the ability to care for pediatric and adult family members in the same facility
  • Helistop for rapid transfer

When it comes to pediatric trauma care, our medical specialists work as a unified team to assess and manage the needs of children and adolescents. We provide: 

  • Prompt availability of physicians from varying specialties: orthopedic surgery, neurosurgery, plastic surgery, anesthesiology, emergency medicine, radiology, oral and maxillofacial surgery, pediatric critical care
  • 24-hour in-house coverage by general surgeons
  • A pediatric operating room that is always available
  • Priority status for pediatric lab work and radiology
  • Experienced, highly trained pediatric trauma nursing staff and trauma nurse clinicians

With this unique combination of resources and expertise, we have some of the Nation’s best outcomes for pediatric patients.

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If children or adolescents need to be admitted, Hennepin offers a state-of-the-art Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU), an inpatient unit for pediatric and adolescent patients, and extensive pediatric rehabilitation services through the Miland Knapp Rehabilitation Center.

Additionally, as a Level I center, we have excellent education and research programs as well as preventive and outreach programs. To learn more about our trauma prevention programs, many of which address injuries that occur in children, visit our Trauma Prevention page. We are the Minnesota site for the Injury Free Coalition for Kids, which is a national organization that aims to prevent childhood injuries through an evidence-based approach. We also serve as a referral resource for communities in the metro area and greater Minnesota as well as North Dakota and South Dakota.