Level III Trauma Center and Level II Stroke Center
Physicians, nurses and other healthcare emergency professionals at the St. Mary's Regional Medical Center Emergency Department (ED) treat a number of complex problems, unpredictable injuries and sudden illnesses including:
- Heart attack or stroke
- Chest, abdominal or severe back pain
- Broken bones, sprains, cuts or contusions
- Respiratory or skin infections
- Acute psychiatric crisis/illness
We care for patients of all ages — infants, adolescents, adults and geriatric patients. All doctors and nurses are certified in advanced cardiac life support and pediatric advanced life support, and all our nurses are trauma certified. Our 17-room unit includes two trauma rooms and an eye, ear, nose and throat room. Instant communication between Mediflight, ambulance and other critical care services enables the ED staff at St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center to work as a team to give patients a high level of care.
St. Mary's has earned The Joint Commission's Gold Seal of Approval® and the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association's Heart-Check mark for Advanced Certification for Primary Stroke Centers. The Gold Seal of Approval and the Heart-Check mark represent symbols of quality from their respective organizations. Our ED has been designated by the Oklahoma State Department of Health as a Level III Trauma Center and a Level II Stroke Center.
Level III Trauma Center
St. Mary's Regional Medical Center is a Level III Trauma Center, which means it has the capability to provide prompt assessment, resuscitation, surgery, intensive care and stabilization of injured patients. Level III Centers have transfer agreements with Level I or Level II Trauma Centers, which may be large teaching hospitals with additional capabilities and services. Level III Centers provide back-up care for rural and community hospitals, as well as the region in which they are located.
The ED at St. Mary's receives Priority 1 and Priority 2 trauma patients for life-threatening or potentially life-threatening conditions. The hospital has 24-hour coverage by emergency physicians with prompt access to general surgeons and anesthesiologists. In addition to providing back-up care for smaller hospitals, Level III centers provide continuing trauma education for physicians and nurses and maintain active outreach programs to the community.
Level II Stroke Center
St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center is also a Level II Stroke Center, as designated by the Oklahoma State Health Department. This means it has been recognized for meeting standards that foster better outcomes for stroke care. Today, stroke is the fifth leading cause of death in the U.S, according to the American Heart Association. As a Level II Stroke Center, St. Mary's Regional is equipped to provide definitive care for a major proportion of stroke patients within the region.
Neurologists at St. Mary’s Regional diagnose and treat patients who have suffered a wide range of neurological trauma. They evaluate head trauma using a multidisciplinary approach and advanced technology. The conditions diagnosed and treated by neurologists at St. Mary's Regional Medical Center, include:
- Multiple sclerosis
- Peripheral nerve and muscle disorders
- Parkinson’s disease
Personal Medical Information Card
When a medical emergency happens, minutes can be the difference between full recovery, lasting damage or death. Having a personal medical information card with you when you arrive at the ED can help staff members quickly assess your medical history and provide care as fast as possible. Download this card, type your information directly onto the form and print out copies. Carry one with your driver’s license or photo ID, keep one in the glove compartment of your car and give a copy to someone close to you. By looking at your card, we can quickly learn about your health conditions, the medications you’re taking, your allergies and intolerances and the best phone numbers to reach your primary physician and emergency contact person.
What to Expect When You Arrive at the St. Mary's Regional Medical Center Emergency Department
Sudden illness or injury can occur without warning, and while no one typically plans a trip to the Emergency Department, everyone should know what to expect after they arrive.