WORTHINGTON - The Minnesota Department of Health has designated Sanford Worthington Medical Center as a level 3 trauma hospital.  

Sanford Worthington Medical Center and staff voluntarily participated in the intense designation process to become part of Minnesota’s statewide trauma system. The process included an outside review of the hospital’s resources and capabilities to care for trauma patients. Sanford Worthington Medical Center met standards of commitment, clinical and equipment resources and staff training; the hospital also participates in a continuous performance improvement process.

“Medical care for the traumatic injury patient is a priority for our EMS and Emergency Department personnel,” stated Jennifer Weg, executive director for Sanford Worthington. “The entire team is dedicated to the timely response of highest quality care, along with continual evaluation to meet and exceed the standards of performance set by the Minnesota Department of Health, and expected by our community members.”

For a severely injured person, the time between sustaining an injury and receiving definitive care is the most important predictor of survival - the “golden hour.” While the chance of survival diminishes with time; a trauma system enhances the chance of survival regardless of proximity to an urban trauma hospital.

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.  Wide-scale participation in the voluntary trauma system ensures that a statewide, cooperative effort is in place to care for seriously injured patients.

Minnesota began developing a comprehensive statewide trauma system in August of 2005.