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Community Benefit and Outreach

St. Charles Trauma Prevention Program

St. Charles Bend is a Level II Trauma Center, the only one east of the Cascades with this designation from the Oregon Public Health Division. We serve nearly 1,000 trauma patients annually — around a quarter of which are pediatric — with one of the most extensive coverage areas in the continental U.S. spanning from the Columbia River gorge, east to Idaho and down into parts of Northern California.

Our services include definitive trauma care for severely injured patients with 24/7 support from the AirLink Critical Care Transport helicopter and fixed-wing airplane, as well as ground ambulance service.

Community Outreach Program

Trauma Nurses Talk Tough (TNTT) was developed in 1986 by three trauma nurses who wanted to put an end to the carnage they saw every day as a result of unnecessary injuries and deaths. TNTT empowers people of all ages to take control of the risks in their lives by teaching them simple ways of changing their behavior. The program is aimed at individuals or groups associated with programs such as driver education courses, court-ordered classes that include DUII and safety belt diversion and family education programs.