Sanford Bemidji now a trauma hospital

The Minnesota Department of Health recently designated the Sanford Bemidji Medical Center as a level 3 trauma hospital.

According to a release, trauma is the third leading cause of death in Minnesota, and DHS director Jan Malcolm says with Bemidji’s designation, more seriously injured Minnesotans have access to an organized system of trauma care in this part of the state.

The time between sustaining an injury and receiving definitive care is the most important predictor of survival, according to the release.

For more information on the state’s trauma hospital system, view the page at the Minnesota Department of Health’s website.


Larissa Donovan is the News Director for the stations of Paul Bunyan Broadcasting and has been, almost without interruption, since Election Day 2016. She covers events and issues in north central Minnesota, which include local government, crime, courts, education, environment and social issues. She studied communications at Bemidji State University and received her degree in 2018. Larissa, native to the great state of New York, grew up in Bemidji, and enjoys spending her spare time with her family and pet cat. She also loves Star Trek, punk rock music and the theater.


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