Trauma Services

Trauma Services is responsible for overseeing the operations of HCMC's trauma program. In July 2013, HCMC was successfully re-verified as a Level 1 Trauma Center for the seventh consecutive time. The staff of trauma specialists are responsible for assisting with planning, coordinating, and maintaining HCMC’s Level 1 Trauma Center status.

Main Contact Number: 612-873-6002

Trauma Services Contacts Phone Number Email Address
  Brenda Anderson, RN, MS
Trauma Program Manager
Karie Pierce Small Photo Karie Pearce, RN, BSN, CEN
Trauma Outreach Coordinator
Sherri Murphy Photo Small Sherrie Murphy, RN, CEN, CPEN, CPHQ
Pediatric Trauma & Critical Care Coordinator
Julie Philbrook Small Photo Julie Philbrook, Injury Free Coalition for Kids 612-873-8500
  Robert Downing, Trauma Registrar 612-873-6296
  Trauma & Critical Care Speaker's Bureau 612-873-6002 (Twin Cities metro area)
  1-800-346-HCMC, ext. 873-6002 (outlying regions)

Trauma Prevention Resources

Find information on the Injury Free Coalition for Kids, which received a national research grant, and many other helpful resources on the Trauma Prevention Resources page.

Trauma Outreach

The Trauma Outreach staff work with rural and urban health care personnel in pre-hospital, Emergency Department, in-patient and rehabilitation care to ensure that education is disseminated to support the improvement of trauma care throughout Minnesota and the neighboring states.

Trauma Registry

The Trauma Registry is to provide data for ongoing quality improvement efforts at every level of trauma patient care. The American College of Surgeons requires HCMC to have a trauma registry in order to maintain its status as a Level 1 Trauma Center. In addition, the information collected by the Registry is used in research, resource planning, injury prevention, and trauma education. Information is also submitted to the Minnesota Department of Health’s statewide trauma data bank.

The Trauma Registry has collected data on HCMC trauma patients since July 1987. Information is collected from pre-hospital injury event through patient discharge. Approximately 2900 patients are included in the Registry annually. With more than 39,000 patients in the Registry database, it is one of the largest hospital databases in the state. Confidentiality of all patient-related information is maintained during all aspects of data collection and reporting.

Trauma & Critical Care Series

  • Trauma & Critical Care Schedule
    Download the Trauma and Critical Care Schedule (PDF). The Trauma and Critical Care Series (TRA-CCS) is a monthly, live web-based nursing education series provided by Trauma & Critical Care Services at Hennepin County Medical Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota.
  • Speakers Bureau
    We provide education through lectures, skill stations, or interactive case studies. Attendees may obtain various handout materials, CEU and CME credits. Programs are usually 30 minutes to 2 hours long. Longer programs are available but may be subject to a fee. Requirements include a minimum of 12 people be present. Small groups are encouraged to invite neighboring communities or other similar agencies or personnel. There is no fee for this service. Honorariums are accepted but not required.


HCMC has a partnership with LifeLink III Mobile Intensive Care System and the LifeLink III Mobile Intensive Care system. LifeLink III provides emergency and critical care transportation for patients in Minnesota and western Wisconsin. For more information, access the Life Link III website.