Level 1 Trauma Center

The same great care, just a little faster

The trauma center at St. Mary’s Medical Center and the Palm Beach Children’s Hospital is one of only two state-designated Level I Trauma Centers in Palm Beach County, and one of nine in the state of Florida. This means that our trauma team, composed of award-winning surgeons, specially-trained nurses, anesthesiologists and additional specialists, works with patients through the entire spectrum of a traumatic injury, including prevention education and rehabilitation. Our trauma center works around the clock to deliver prompt, high quality care for patients in critical condition resulting from a serious fall, motor vehicle accident or a violent altercation. For patients that need additional follow-up planning, we also provide more specialized treatment through our trauma clinic.

To earn Level I designation, hospitals must pass certain criteria, including:

  • 24-hour in-house coverage by general surgeons, and prompt availability of care in specialties such as orthopedic surgery, neurosurgery, radiology, plastic surgery, oral and maxillofacial, pediatric and critical care. 
  • Referral resource for communities in nearby regions.
  • Providing leadership in prevention, public education to surrounding communities.
  • Operating an organized teaching and research effort to help foster new innovations in trauma care.

Education and injury prevention is a vital part of our trauma program. We devote a significant amount of time to promoting public safety and trauma awareness in Palm Beach County through classes and outreach programs regarding fall prevention, distracted and impaired driving, and the importance of being aware of your surroundings as a pedestrian.

Since 1991, our trauma center has been delivering high-quality care to local communities. We have also committed ourselves to ongoing research projects and reporting our annual data to national agencies in order to help provide our community with more effective, evidence-based medical practices.

If you or a loved one have recently experienced a traumatic injury, below are some resources that may help you through your healing process.





Founded in 1938, St. Mary’s Medical Center is a 420-bed, acute care hospital that provides medical, surgical, obstetrical, pediatric, trauma and emergency services to a five-county area. What started as a small 50-bed facility founded by the Franciscan Sisters of Allegany, has grown into a dynamic institution, known for its innovation and award-winning programs, as well as a legacy of excellence that began more than three generations ago.

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Sunday: Open 24 hrs

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About Us

With many specialized programs, including a state-designated Regional Perinatal Intensive Care Center and Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, we deliver the most babies in Palm Beach County. A leader in critical care medicine, St. Mary’s treats more than 70,000 emergency and trauma patients each year. With advanced diagnostic and imaging services, we are the only GE Show Site in the Southeastern United States for neurointerventional imaging technology. Our dedicated team of physicians and staff has helped us achieve top quality awards through The Birthplace ,our level I trauma center, comprehensive stroke center, level III NICU and more

General visiting hours are between 9 a.m. and 8 p.m. Visitors are also allowed after hours in some circumstances, as long as they respect the hospital environment. Please contact us if you have any questions.

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