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Level II Trauma Centers in McHenry County

Centegra is committed to providing comprehensive emergency services that address any type of emergency, from chest pain and strokes to serious fractures. The Emergency Departments at Centegra Hospital-McHenry and Centegra Hospital-Woodstock are designated as Level II Trauma Centers, which means they meet strict criteria set by the State of Illinois for providing high-level emergency care. Both hospitals are accredited chest pain and stroke centers.

Both hospitals are staffed 24 hours a day by physicians who are board certified in emergency medicine. The hospitals also have trauma surgeons available, as well as a specially trained nursing staff certified in trauma nursing, advanced cardiac life support, and pediatric advanced life support. Both medical centers offer immediate access to X-ray equipment, CAT scanners, advanced surgical facilities, and intensive care units.

Convenient Locations for Emergency Medicine

Centegra Emergency and Trauma Services are conveniently located in McHenry and Woodstock.


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Flight For Life

Centegra is one of only seven hospital systems in Illinois that has an on-site air medical transport helicopter service. Flight For Life-Northern Illinois is a nonprofit emergency helicopter program that started at Centegra Northern Illinois Medical Center in 1987 as part of the Emergency Medical Services System. Flight for Life serves residents of McHenry, Lake, and DuPage counties, as well as southeast Wisconsin.

Flight For Life provides transport from one hospital to another and from an accident scene to the nearest appropriate Level I trauma center or other specialty center. This means you receive the level of care you need as quickly as possible.

Minor Care

Centegra’s Minor Care Centers are located adjacent to Centegra Hospital-McHenry and Centegra Hospital-Woodstock’s Emergency Departments. The Minor Care Centers provide treatment for less-severe injuries or illnesses, such as:

  • Sinus infection
  • Bladder infection
  • Stomach flu
  • Strep throat
  • Pink eye
  • Earaches
  • Stress fractures
  • Much more

Crisis Services

Through McHenry County Crisis Services, patients in McHenry County can seek help for behavioral health emergencies. The Crisis Services program is funded by the McHenry County Mental Health Board and administered by Centegra Health System. To learn more, visit Behavioral Health Services.

Emergency Department Pharmacists

Centegra Health System has expanded and improved patient care by adding Emergency Department pharmacists. These pharmacists work as full-time consultants to the emergency medicine doctors on the critical care team.

Centegra’s Emergency Department pharmacists are present in the emergency room so you receive the medications you need exactly when you need them. This timely delivery of sometimes life-saving medication improves patient care, reduces costs, and reduces medication errors. The Emergency Department pharmacists can also save you money by avoiding wasted medication, suggesting less-expensive drugs, or pointing out less expensive ways to provide medication.

Educational Programs

Centegra’s Emergency Departments in McHenry and Woodstock offer a range of educational programs for McHenry, Lake, and DuPage counties:

Follow-Up Program

Emergency department staff checks on potentially high-risk patients the day following emergency treatment and provides any necessary guidance.

Community Education

Older adult safety, focusing on fall prevention, home safety and emergency preparedness.

Child safety, often in collaboration with Safe Kids McHenry County, a chapter of Safe Kids USA, offering information and events to help prevent childhood injury.

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