Emergency & Trauma Services

With a strong team of emergency medicine professionals and advanced equipment and technology, St. Mary's Hospital Emergency Department is ready for patients with minor illness and accidents to major trauma and cardiac arrest. The emergency room is specially equipped to provide a full range of emergency services 24 hours a day including resuscitation and stabilization of the critically ill or injured patient.

More than 42,000 patients are treated through the St. Mary's Hospital Emergency Department every year.

Services include:

  • 33 bed Emergency Department full cardiac monitoring capabilities in every room
  • 4 monitoring stations throughout Emergency Department
  • 3 designated trauma rooms equipped with latest technology and 1 engineered and equipped for the pediatric population
  • Closely works with CareFlight services, helicopter, fixed wing, and ground transportation
  • Triage nurse on duty 24 hours a day to assess patient needs
  • Physicians board-certified in emergency medicine
  • Nurses trained in emergency services and certified in Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS), Trauma Nurse Core Course (TNCC), Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) or Emergency Nursing Pediatric (ENPC)

Excellent diagnostic and treatment technologies are available to the Emergency Department. A CT scanner provides physicians a three-dimensional view of fractures and other injuries, with images available in less than five minutes. The department's advanced cardiac monitoring system enables staff to monitor all heart patients from a central station.

Designated Trauma Center

Designated a Level II Trauma Center by the American College of Surgeons, St. Mary's provides the highest level of trauma care between Denver and Salt Lake City. The survival of accident victims depends on the strength of an area's trauma system. Our area's trauma system is the combined efforts of local law enforcement, emergency medical services, St. Mary's CareFlight air transport, emergency department personnel, surgeons, surgical personnel, and intensive care specialists.

St. Mary's Level II Trauma Center*

  • Equipped and experienced to treat complex and severe trauma cases
  • Emergency physicians and nurses 
  • Surgeons available upon patient's arrival
  • Broad range of specialists available
  • Comprehensive diagnostic capabilities and support equipment
  • Pediatric commitment with western Colorado's only pediatric surgeon/trauma specialist

*Trauma centers are designated Level, I, II, III, or IV depending on the level and types of resources available and the number of trauma cases handled each year. Level I trauma centers must include research and education programs.