Trauma care in the Greater Kansas City area

HCA Midwest Health proudly provides high-quality trauma care to patients who are in need of emergency critical care. Our board-certified doctors, specialists and critical care nurses work together to provide thorough, expert care 24 hours a day.

Many of our hospitals are recognized by the American College of Surgeons (ACS) as Verified Trauma Centers. In addition to providing lifesaving care for traumatic injuries, we also help patients through recovery as they regain strength and mobility.

If you are experiencing a medical emergency, call 911.


  • Research Medical Center, a Level I Trauma Center in Missouri, is designated by the American College of Surgeons and the Missouri Department of Health & Senior Services.
  • Overland Park Regional Medical Center is designated a Level II Trauma Center by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment and verified by the American College of Surgeons Committee on Trauma.
  • Centerpoint Medical Center is a Certified Level II Trauma Center recognized by the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services.
  • Belton Regional Medical Center is a Level III Certified Trauma Center as recognized by Missouri's Department of Health and Senior Services.

Types of severe injuries we treat

We treat many types of severe and critical injuries, including:

  • Broken bones
  • Concussions
  • Deep cuts and puncture wounds
  • Dislocated or broken jaw
  • Electrical injuries
  • Injuries caused by automobile accidents
  • Severe burns
  • Skull fracture
  • Spinal cord injury
  • Traumatic amputation
  • Traumatic brain injury

Our trauma team

We have trauma centers in multiple locations throughout the Kansas City area providing the highest level of emergency care. All of our centers are committed to helping patients work toward a full recovery after a traumatic injury. This means many specialists may participate in a patient's trauma care, including:

  • Critical care support staff
  • Emergency room physicians
  • Rehabilitation experts
  • Specialty physicians
  • Social workers
  • Trauma specialists

Trauma center level classifications

Trauma centers are verified or designated. Designated trauma centers are recognized by state and local governments. They determine a trauma center's associated category and level.

The ACS verifies trauma centers nationally. Trauma centers are classified as Level I through Level V. Verification levels are based on:

  • The type of traumatic injuries a hospital treats
  • The number of critically injured patients a hospital treats
  • A patient's access to specialists in other medical areas
  • The hospital's efforts to provide education programs for staff and members of the community

Level I Trauma Center

The Level I Trauma Center at Research Medical Center delivers comprehensive treatment for the most complex and severe traumatic injuries. To meet Level I criteria, our facility offers:

  • A hub for referring hospitals, emergency rooms (ERs) and urgent care facilities
  • A trauma surgeon on-site 24/7
  • Immediate availability of orthopedic surgeons, neurologists, neurosurgeons, anesthesiologists, imaging specialists, emergency doctors with pediatric training and critical care specialists
  • Orthopedic surgeons trained in trauma care and specialists experienced in treating traumatic injuries to the pelvic region
  • Support services, such as physical therapy and access to social workers and case managers
  • Trauma prevention education programs for staff and members of surrounding communities

Level II Trauma Center

Our Level II Trauma Center provides:

  • 24-hour access to emergency physicians, general surgeons and anesthesiologists
  • Care for patients coming from other local hospitals, ERs and urgent care centers
  • Fast access to specialists in orthopedic care, neurological care and radiology
  • Fast response for resuscitations and stabilizations of critically injured patients

Level III Trauma Center

Our Level III Trauma Center provides:

  • 24-hour coverage by emergency physicians and laboratory services
  • Transfers to other facilities when a patient requires a higher level of trauma care
  • Quick diagnosis, resuscitation, emergency care and surgical access

Trauma injury prevention and education

We maintain our ACS trauma verification by participating in continued education to stay current on trauma care research. Also, our medical teams conduct trauma prevention programs with surrounding communities, businesses and churches.

To find out more about our prevention programs or to schedule training, email us.

Prevention programs include:

  • Care Connect. Care Connect is a follow-up program that helps prevent a return ER visit. We schedule a visit and testing. After the results come in, we share what health issues were revealed. Using this information, we help you find the right care. Many who used this service improved their quality of life.
  • Stop the Bleed. Stop the Bleed is our free bleeding control training program. We train participants in basic lifesaving interventions like tourniquet use and the basic steps to take when they see someone bleeding.