The medical staff at the Ruby Valley Medical Center has the training and experience to quickly evaluate trauma and medical patients, administer treatment, and when necessary, prepare patients for transport to hospitals that specialize in caring for specific critical medical problems and traumatic injuries.  In trauma situations, effective and immediate decisions are critical.  


When transport is necessary for trauma patients, the medical staff at the Ruby Valley Medical Center has a one hour target to get the patient to the appropriate trauma facility.  


The LifeFlight helicopters land at the helipad adjacent to the Emergency Room at the Ruby Valley Medical Center.  Radiology services are also adjacent to the Emergency Room and are staffed 24/7, as is the Laboratory.  

Photos from the Teen Injury Prevention Event

Maintaining Superior Emergency Response

  • Emergency Scenarios - The emergency management team at the Ruby Valley Medical Center regularly evaluates emergency scenarios, reviewing in detail the issues that affect rapid care and patient communication.  The team identifies potential deficiencies and implements resolutions through training and procedure modifications.  

  • Training - Knowledge and experience engender confidence and will result in more effective and prompt decisions when time is critical.  The Ruby Valley Medical Center has many tools to conduct valuable on-site training, such as "Fred", the Medical Centers's training model.  (He's sensitive about the term "dummy".)  Staff is also supported through off-site trauma training programs.  

  • Trauma Networks - The Ruby Valley Medical Center is part of a network of high level and specialized trauma care facilities throughout the northwest.  In addition to treating trauma patients, this network provides experiential information on trauma treatment which increases the effectiveness of the Medical Center's emergency response staff.  

  • Local Coordination & Reviews - The Ruby Valley Medical Center sponsors quarterly Trauma Committee Meetings that include the Ruby Valley Emergency Medical Services and all local groups involved in trauma to evaluate how the Hospital's trauma system is functioning.  These meetings provide an opportunity to review cases so improvement can be made.  Nursing staff also undergo annual critical checks to ensure that they are prepared for any level of trauma that might arrive.  Finally, as a state designated Trauma Receiving Facility, the State of Montana performs an in-depth review of the Ruby Valley Medical Center's trauma system and care every three years.  

Highly Trained and Experienced Emergency Management

Every on-call medical provider at the Ruby Valley Medical Center has extensive training and experience in caring for trauma patients. Following is the pertinent emergency experience for the Medical Center's providers - 

Dr. Roman Hendrickson - Former emergency room physician, Daytona Beach, Florida.

Chris Hartsfield, NP - Prehospital emergency medical services and flight nurse.

Katherine Tetrault, PA-C - Adjunct faculty for EMT/Paramedic Program, Illinois Central College.  Director, Ruby Valley
Emergency Medical Services.

Kayla Sandru, BSN, RN - Certified Med-Surge and Trauma Nurse.​

In addition to their trauma training and experience, this team is very compassionate and practiced in effective communications in trauma situations.  Explanations of what they are doing and why they are doing it, using layman's terms is a mandatory component for success in a trauma situation.  This is particularly true when the patient is a child. 

How You Can Help the Emergency Room

  • Bring any prescription medication being taken

  • Tell the trauma team about any continuing illnesses, food allergies, medications, or any illegal drugs being used

  • Please communicate any information regarding language and speech issues

  • Inform the team of any visual, hearing or mobility aids (glasses, hearing aids, walkers, etc.)

  • Let the trauma team take charge of the situation

When treating a trauma patient, the Ruby Valley Medical Center will provide initial evaluation, stabilization, diagnostic capabilities, and, if necessary,  transfer to a high level of care.  It has no available surgical coverage or intervention.  Kayla Sandru, BSN, RN is the Trauma Coordinator. Ezra Ginzberg, Paramedic, is the Disaster Preparedness Coordinator. Chris Hartsfield, FNP-BC, is the Trauma Director.