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Level III Trauma Center

Nora Royer, MD, FACS

Nora Royer,
MD, FACS,
Trauma Medical
Director

A Level III trauma facility, Mercy Medical Center's Emergency Department is fully equipped with state-of-the-art technology to handle the most serious of healthcare emergencies.

Mercy’s Trauma Service is not confined to any single department, but rather encompasses the care of the trauma patient from pre-hospital through rehabilitation. The trauma patient will be cared for by trained personnel on all patient units.

Rehabilitation Services

Rehabilitation services are a key component of the trauma system, whether provided in acute care, the Emergency Department, inpatient rehabilitation or outpatient rehabilitation, such as our innovative Driving Rehabilitation Program.

The goal is to provide coordinated care for trauma patients who have sustained severe or catastrophic injuries resulting in long-term or permanent impairments, as well as patients with less severe impairments who may also benefit from rehabilitation programs to enhance recovery and speed their return to function and productivity. The focus of rehabilitation program interventions is to enable the patient to achieve his or her highest level of function, attempt to limit disability, and avoid handicap as much as possible.

Local EMS Training

Mercy is a host site for Kirkwood Community College’s EMT students. More than 6,000 student clinical hours are logged each year in this area.

A monthly Trauma Morbidity & Mortality Conference is open to local EMS agencies; they are formally invited when there are any EMS issues presented.

Outreach education with paramedic EMT credit for sepsis, stroke, cardiac care and hypothermia also ensure standard protocols are in place in pre- and in-hospital care.

Other training has included multidisciplinary Ebola preparedness and biannual multidisciplinary disaster drills.

Public Education

Mercy participates or hosts the following injury prevention and public education programs:

  • Trauma Morbidity & Mortality Conference: The Trauma Morbidity & Mortality Conference is open to all to attend and provides the opportunity for involvement of anyone who is interested in or participated in the care of the trauma patient.
  • Safe Kids Linn County: Led by the Cedar Rapids Fire and Police departments, Mercy provides dedicated and caring staff, operational support, and other resources to assist in achieving our common goal of keeping kids safe.
  • Live Active, Live Healthy: Those suffering from chronic conditions face a number of common challenges and additional complexities that come with an already-difficult health condition. Class topics include managing symptoms; reducing fatigue, stress, frustration and anxiety; and making daily tasks easier.
  • Super Sitters: Super Sitters is a program designed for young people ages 11 and older who take care of children. Taught by a babysitter instructor certified through the American Red Cross, it helps build confidence in basic first aid techniques, choking rescue, and fire and police emergencies.
  • Teddy Bear Clinic: This opportunity for seven to nine-year-olds includes a discussion of basic first aid and how to appropriately respond to emergency situations.
  • UP! Training: This in-hospital training is an opportunity for Mercy employees to utilize patient mobility equipment for safe patient handling and to reduce work-related injuries for staff.

Trauma-Related Presentations Outside of the Hospital

  • SANE presentation for Coe College
  • Improving Balance, Preventing Falls and Home Safety for Geneva Tower
  • Home Alone Safety presentation to Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts
  • Back Pain: Prevention and Treatment to Geneva Towers
  • Super Sitters classes
  • Penetrating Trauma – Code One
  • What is a PT/OT/SLP? To Roosevelt Middle School
  • ABCs of Child Safety Seats – Mercy webinar
  • Trauma presentation to Cedar Rapids Fire Department
  • Trauma presentation to Area Ambulance Service
  • Trauma presentation to Fairfax Fire Department
  • Hypothermia protocol to Area Ambulance Service