Trauma Center


When seconds count, the St. John Trauma Center stands ready to meet the needs of critically ill or injured patients, providing resuscitation, emergency surgery, diagnostic and medical treatment, and intensive care to trauma victims from across the region.

About St. John Trauma Center

The St. John Trauma Center was developed in 1997 for the specific purpose of improving care for patients with severe and multi-system injuries. Today, St. John provides advanced trauma care to more than 1,800 individuals per year. St. John averages 62,000 emergency department visits a year. In 2009, the St. John Trauma Center became the only ACS-verified trauma program in northeastern Oklahoma when it was designated as a Level II Trauma Center by the Verification Review Committee, an ad hoc committee of the Committee on Trauma of the American College of Surgeons. The Center was re-verified in 2012 and 2015.

The St John Medical Center trauma team members are highly trained in providing care to injured patients, including certification in Advanced Trauma Life Support (ATLS) and the Trauma Nurse Core Course (TNCC). Our multidisciplinary trauma team is equipped to offer the entire range of services needed in the management of seriously ill and/or injured patients 24/7.

Our trauma team includes the following areas of expertise:

  • Emergency physicians
  • Trauma surgeons and midlevel trauma providers
  • Surgical critical care
  • Neurosurgeons
  • Orthopedic trauma
  • Anesthesiologists
  • Radiology
  • Operating room
  • PARU
  • Neuro-Trauma-Surgical ICU
  • Rehabilitation (including therapists)
  • Surgical floors
  • Blood bank, and other surgical sub-specialists, along with nursing and staff expertise in trauma care in the emergency department
  • Social work, case management, behavioral health assessment teams
  • Pastoral care

St. John is dedicated to continually improving trauma care through quality improvement programs, trauma prevention, and continuing education by providing the following:

  • Immediate and timely availability of specialized surgeons, physician specialists and support staff on a 24-hour basis
  • Utilization of air ambulance services to and from rural communities, as well as out of state transfers
  • Trauma education and outreach programs, including Rural Trauma Team Development Course (RTTDC)
  • Injury prevention programs
  • Quality assurance/performance improvement initiatives
  • Trauma registry

What is considered a trauma?

Trauma is the leading cause of death for people younger than 44 in the U.S. The most common reasons patients come to St. John Medical Center include:

  • Motor vehicle crashes
  • Industrial accidents
  • Falls
  • Violence

Oklahoma Trauma Statistics

  • Approximately 2,400 Oklahomans* die every year from an injury, including more than 1,00 unintentional (accidental) deaths, approximately 500 suicides and more than 200 homicides
  • Traumatic injuries accounted for one out of every 15 deaths in Oklahoma; nonfatal injuries accounted for one of every 13 hospital days and one of every 14 hospital discharges. Also, for every $10 Oklahomans spent on healthcare, $1 was used for injuries expenses.
  • Injuries are the leading cause of death and lifelong disability among persons 1-44 years of age in Oklahoma. Injuries account for more premature deaths before 65 years of age than cancer, heart disease, stroke, and diabetes combined.
  • Oklahoma's death rates due to motor vehicle crashes, drowning, fire/burns, and suicide are higher than the national average.
  • More than 300 children 1-19 years of age die in Oklahoma every year from an injury; injuries account for 61 percent of all deaths to children 1-14 years of age and 86 percent of all deaths among adolescents 15-19 years of age.
  • Alcohol is involved in 22 percent of all injury deaths among persons 14 years and older.

Oklahoma's Leading Causes of Injury, Death and Associated Risk Factors

Motor vehicle crashes:

  • Statewide safety belt use was nearly 88 percent in 2009
  • Statewide car seat use was more than 86 percent in 2009


  • 50 percent of Oklahoma households possess one or more guns
  • The average number of guns per household is 2.5
  • Firearms are the second leading cause of injury deaths, and eighth leading cause of all deaths
  • Many, if not most, injury deaths are preventable


Other Important Trauma Resources


To learn more:

For more information about the St. John Trauma Center, please call 918-744-3938.