SSM Health scales back trauma care at Missouri hospital

SSM Health is cutting trauma services at DePaul Hospital in Bridgeton, Mo., raising concerns about access to care for urgent and severe injuries — ...

July 28, 2023
6:48 AM

SSM Health is cutting trauma services at DePaul Hospital in Bridgeton, Mo., raising concerns about access to care for urgent and severe injuries — such as gunshots, stabbings or car crashes — for residents in the area, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported July 20.  The hospital will end its designation as a Level II trauma center, which are required to have immediate access to general surgeons, effective Sept. 10. SSM attributed the decision to low volumes of trauma patients, but the move will leave a significant gap in the North County area for trauma patients.

Alan Condon