Regions Hospital Doctors & Specialties Level 1 Trauma Center Pediatric Trauma Center
Award-winning pediatric trauma care for the most critical kid injuries

When your child is hurt and in pain, all you want is to get them expert care as fast as you can. That’s where we come in.

The only center of its kind in the Twin Cities east metro, Regions Hospital’s Level 1 Pediatric Trauma Center was created to give your child the best care for their worst injuries.

Our experienced trauma center care team – which includes our partners at Gillette Children’s Specialty Healthcare – is specially-trained to treat both basic and the most critical and complex kid injuries, including:

  • Head injuries and concussions
  • Broken bones
  • Bike and motor vehicle accidents
  • Animal bites
  • Burns
  • Lodged foreign objects
  • Deep cuts and piercings
  • Sports injuries, ski and sledding injuries, ATV injuries
  • Traumatic fall-related injuries
Where our pediatric trauma center is located

The Regions Hospital Level 1 Pediatric Trauma Center is located within our world-class emergency center in downtown St. Paul – which means we can treat kid’s injuries – big and small – all in one place.

We’re the only Level 1 trauma center for both adults and children in the east Twin Cities metro, and our service area covers the entire Upper Midwest.

Regions Hospital – Emergency Center
640 Jackson St.
St. Paul, MN 55101


If your child is seriously injured and you need help getting them to the emergency room, call 911 for help.

What you can expect from our trauma center for children and care team

We designed our facility and created our team to provide your child with the highest level of care possible. When you arrive at the emergency room, you can expect:

  • The most advanced equipment and facilities, including our nationally-recognized Regions Hospital Burn Center, and the Twin Cities first two-helipad rooftop that helps severely injured children get care more quickly and efficiently.
  • A team of specialists on site 24/7, which includes internationally renowned pediatric trauma surgeons and specialists in neurosurgery, burn, spine, orthopedics (including severe chest wall trauma) and more.
  • A commitment to improving your child’s care and recovery process, which means we conduct clinical research across several specialties, including emergency medicine, emergency medical services, intensive care and trauma.
  • Collaborative ongoing care with our partners at Gillette Children’s Specialty Healthcare, which is conveniently located just steps away from the emergency center on the Regions Hospital campus.
What is a Level 1 pediatric trauma center?

As a Level 1 pediatric trauma center, we have the staffing, resources and specialty expertise to take on the most critical and complex child injuries – from prevention through recovery.

This means that we’re verified by the American College of Surgeons (ACS), allowing us to provide highly-specialized care for critically injured children 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and 365 days a year.

Trauma care begins in our state-of-the-art emergency room, where children can get care from both Regions Hospital and Gillette Children’s Specialty Healthcare trauma specialists as soon as they arrive. Kids are then transferred to Gillette’s for ongoing care and rehabilitation.

What’s considered a trauma injury?

Some kids are accident prone. Some kids are risk takers. And all kids are curious. So, you’re probably used to treating minor bumps, bruises and other boo-boos on a regular basis.

But trauma injuries are more severe and complex. And because of this, pediatric trauma patients often need highly-specialized care from a range of pediatric emergency and trauma specialists.

Oftentimes, traumatic injuries happen after an accident. For example, falls are one of the most common accidents among kids. Fall-related injuries often require immediate emergency care – especially if there is a head, neck or spine injury.

Pediatric head trauma from being struck by an object or being involved in a motor vehicle accident are other common causes of traumatic injuries in kids. Sports injuries, ingesting poisonous substances or chemical burns are other types of traumatic injuries that need expert emergency pediatric care.

Preventing traumatic kid injuries

As part of our Level 1 pediatric trauma program,  we’re dedicated to helping prevent traumatic accidents and injuries. We offer educational materials such as injury prevention tips, as well as community programming and outreach. Some of the injury prevention programs for kids include:

  • Child and restraint systems (CARS): This program is designed for parents, caregivers, daycare providers and adopting parents, and it’s all about child passenger safety.
  • School age programming: An educational program made for first graders, this program covers topics like bike and pedestrian safety, home safety, and fire and burn safety.
  • Think first program: A program that’s geared toward middle school and high school students where kids learn about behaviors that can lead to head, brain or spinal cord injuries.
  • To learn more about injury prevention programs or other educational opportunities, call us at 651-254-5181 or send an email to Shonette Doggett.
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