Emergency Department

An Adult and Pediatric Level I Trauma Center

In 1989, Hennepin Healthcare was the first hospital in Minnesota verified by the American College of Surgeons as a Level I Trauma Center. The Emergency Department is the busiest in the state with more than 90,000 visits annually. Board certified Emergency Medicine physicians provide 24-hour coverage and outstate emergency consultation. Nurses receive and participate in teaching specialized training (ACLS, TNCC, APLS) in handling trauma and medical emergencies.

Hennepin Healthcare's Emergency Department includes the care we have provided to critically ill and injured children as a Level I Trauma Center, a designation we have held since 1989 and reinforced in 2010 with our verification as a Level 1 Pediatric Trauma Center. This separate pediatric verification recognizes our distinctive expertise in caring for children in emergency situations.

Acute Respiratory Failure

The Center for Acute Respiratory Failure offers state of the art care for adults who develop severe respiratory failure from disease or injury.

Extracorporeal Life Support (ECMO)

This remarkable treatment is available to patients who are experiencing acute respiratory or cardiac failure who are not improving with other life support methods.

Level I Adult and Pediatric Trauma Center

With decades of experience and expertise, we are one of the nation's most recognized trauma programs. 

Hyperbaric Medicine

Our state-of-the-art Center for Hyperbaric Medicine is comprised of three multiplace chambers and one monoplace chamber. Critical care capabilities inside the chambers mirror those of contemporary ICUs.

Emergency Medical Services

Hennepin EMS employs over 300 medical professionals. Every ambulance is staffed with two paramedics and is supported by our own Emergency Communication Center. Our dispatchers maintain both EMT and EMD certifications.

Education for Professionals

Emergency and Critical Care Education

The teaching staff includes experienced paramedics, nursing personnel, and physicians.


Video and blog series on critical care topics about emergency medicine and critical care. 

Volunteer Program

ED PEER Program volunteers assist patients and staff in the emergency department.

Downtown Parking Ramps

Handicap accessible and discounted patient parking are available at the following ramps: