Essentia Health-Sandstone achieves Level 4 trauma status

By Maureen Talarico
Essentia Health-Sandstone has achieved Level 4 Trauma re-designation from the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH). Minnesota’s trauma system network identifies hospitals that are organized and coordinated to optimize care provided to seriously injured people. The hospital is located at 705 Lundorff Drive in Sandstone.

“Our nurses, doctors and clinical staff work very hard to be prepared and provide the best trauma care possible right here in Sandstone,” said Michael Hedrix, Sandstone administrator. “We are proud of our Level 4 Trauma Center designation and the array of services we provide to our region. In addition, if patients need services from specialists located in Duluth or the Twin Cities, we have the ability to transfer our patients there as quickly as possible.”

On average, trauma claims the lives of 2,400 Minnesotans annually. States with trauma systems have seen survival rates increase by 15 to 20 percent. For a seriously injured person, the time between sustaining an injury and receiving care can be a critical determinant of survival.

“Receiving medical treatment within the initial ‘Golden Hour’ after injury is critical to survival,” Nursing Director Heather O’Brien said “Having Essentia Health-Sandstone a Level 4 Trauma Center enhances that chance of survival by meeting standards of care for trauma, having the latest technology and a highly trained staff.”

Minnesota began developing a comprehensive statewide trauma system in 2005.

“Trauma is the third leading cause of death in the state,” said Minnesota Commissioner of Health Jan Malcolm. “The goal of the trauma system is to decrease injured patients’ time to care by making sure their medical needs are appropriately matched with hospital resources. With the designation of Essentia Health-Sandstone as a Level 4 hospital, we are getting closer to our goal of ensuring that seriously injured patients have access to an organized system of trauma care where they are in the state.”