Trauma Services and Prevention


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

Trauma Services Administration 612-873-6002, M-F, 8AM-4:30PM
Hennepin Connect for Physician Trauma Referrals 612-873-4262, 1-800-424-4262, M-F
General Hospital Number 612-873-3000, 24/7

Trauma Registry | Trauma Outreach | Trauma and Critical Care Series | Partnerships

Trauma Services Contacts Phone Number Email Address
Chad Richardson Small Photo Chad Richardson, MD
Director of Trauma Services
612 873-2810 N/A
  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, RN, MAN, MAL
Trauma Prevention Specialist
Trauma Prevention Program
Ross Chavez Small Photo Ross A. Chávez, B.A., NRP, CCEMT-P
Referral Source Liaison
  Bridget Morrison, B.A., MLIS, CSTR 
Planning Analyst
  Karen Lewis, RN, MS, Trauma Performance Improvement and Patient Safety Coordinator 612-873-5470
  Robert Downing, Trauma Registrar 612-873-6296
  Elsberry, Connie, Trauma Referral Coordinator 612-873-5917

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 I 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. Over 3000 patients are included in the Registry annually. With more than 80,000 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 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. In addition, the Trauma Outreach staff is dedicated to providing evidence-based resources and support to foster the continuum of patient care and coordination of follow-up care.

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 free monthly, live web-based nursing education series provided by Trauma 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 is a proud member of the Life Link III Consortium. LifeLink III provides emergency and critical care aeromedical transportation for patients in Minnesota and western Wisconsin. For more information, access the Life Link III website or call 1-800-283-4025.