Emergency Medicine | Level II Trauma Center

Emergency: Level II Trauma Center

Trinity Hospital is verified by the American College of Surgeons as a Level II Trauma Center, the highest level of trauma care available in North Dakota. Level II verification means Trinity meets all of the requirements necessary to provide initial, definitive trauma care regardless of the severity of injury. Trinity's Emergency/Trauma Center (ETC) provides round-the-clock physician coverage, which is supported by highly trained nursing and other clinical staff.

Emergency 911

Community Ambulance (24hr):

(701) 852-2222

Trinity Health (24hr):

(701) 857-5000 or (800) 862-0005

What to expect:

Examination Treatment

The doctor who sees you is a highly trained professional, who will examine you as soon as possible. He or she may order tests or x-rays, some requiring blood to be drawn or a visit to another department. Getting the test results may take some time. Once the results are received, the doctor will explain them to you. Depending on your emergency, your treatment may be simple or complex and carried out by a doctor or nurse. Your treatment may take a few minutes or several hours, depending on your illness or injury. The doctor will decide when you can be discharged from the ER or if you need to be admitted to the hospital.


The nurse will provide you with a copy of your discharge instructions and any prescriptions the doctor may have written for you. The nurse or physician will answer any questions you have about your care and treatment. Please keep your discharge instructions, because you are responsible for your own care after you leave the ER.

Approximate Length of Visit by Illness/Injury*:

  • Minor injury - no lab or x-ray: minimum of 30 to 60 minutes
  • Injury with x-ray: minimum of 45 to 90 minutes
  • Illness with lab: minimum of 1 1/2 to 2 hours
  • Abdominal Pain: minimum 2 hours
  • Heart or chest pain: minimum 2 hours

* Estimated length of visit once you are placed in an exam room. These are only estimates - your time may be longer or shorter depending on census and specific tests ordered


An emergency is when your health condition is serious and requires urgent attention. To ensure that you are getting the best care possible, to reduce unnecessary waiting times, we encourage you to talk to your family physician or healthcare provider. As someone who knows your medical history, your primary healthcare provider can you develop a responsible healthcare program, including advice on care that can be more appropriately provided in his or her office.

The Triage System

Emergency care is based on triage, a system of assigning priorities of medical treatment based on urgency. The triage nurse determines the order in which patients are seen based on their condition. This means the most critically ill or injured patients are treated first, regardless of their arrival time.

 Providers in this field:
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Kevin Franks DO

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Aaron Herington MD

Aaron Herington, M.D., is a physician specializing in Emergency Medicine, a branch of medicine that --More--

Chantel Hillestad FNP-C

A member of our Emergency Medicine team, Chantel Hillestad, is a certified Family Nurse Practitioner --More--

Virginia Keaveny MD

A member of our Emergency/Trauma team, Virginia R. Keaveny, MD, provides immediate care to people wi --More--

Scott E. Knutson MD

Scott E. Knutson, MD, is a member of our Emergency/Trauma team and also serves as Chief of Medical S --More--

John Nelson MD

As a Family Medicine specialist, Dr. Nelson is trained to provide general medical care for every mem --More--

Olga O'Brien FNP-C

Olga OBrien, FNP-C, is a family nurse practitioner and a member of Trinity's Emergency/Trauma team.& --More--

Paul Olson MD

Dr. Paul D. Olson received his undergraduate degree in biology from the University of North Dakota, --More--

Jeffrey Sather MD

A lifelong EMS professional, Jeffrey Sather, M.D., is a board certified emergency physician, who ser --More--

Ginger Strand PA-C

Ginger Strand, PA-C, is a board certified physician assistant and a member of our family care team a --More--

Wade Talley MD

As a member of Trinity's team of emergency physicians in the Emergency/Trauma Center, Dr. Talley --More--

Shawn Thompson DSc,PA-C

A member of our Emergency/Trauma team, Shawn Thompson, DSc, PA-C, is a doctor of science and board c --More--

Lynette Vondal FNP-C

Lynette Vondal, FNP-C, a family nurse practitioner with 17 years of experience in emergency and card --More--

Karina Walker MD

Trinity Health is pleased to welcome Karina L. Walker, MD, to our Emergency/Trauma team.  Dr. Wal --More--