Emergency Education & Support
No matter what your emergency is, we have you covered at six convenient locations. You can count on our experts when your health or that of a loved one is your number one concern.
Level I difference
Bronson Methodist Hospital is the first and only Level I Trauma Center in southwest Michigan – the highest level a trauma center can receive. That means you can expect the highest level of care 24/7 during any life-threatening injury or illness. Learn more.
Injury prevention and community outreach
There are things you can do to reduce your injury risk. We’re here to help guide you. As a Level I Trauma Center, we teach injury prevention to the community. We provide many tips, presentations and programs for you, your school, your church and more.
- CarFit – This free, interactive and educational program for mature drivers will teach participants how to make their personal vehicle "fit" them to increase safety and mobility when they hit the road.
- Distracted Driving – This program is available as a presentation to classrooms, student leadership organizations, college students, civic groups or other community organizations.
- Helmet Fittings – Bronson Trauma Services, Bronson Children's Hospital and Safe Kids Kalamazoo County, provide helmets and fittings for children and adults. The use of protective equipment has been associated with a 43 percent decrease in the rate of head, neck and face injuries.
- Senior Lifestyle and Injury Prevention (SLIP) – These programs are available to older adults including home safety, pedestrian safety, driver safety and fall prevention.
- ThinkFirst for Teens – This presentation is for classrooms, student leadership organizations, civic groups or other community organizations.
- Underage Drinking – This program is available as a presentation to classrooms, student leadership organizations, college students, civic groups or other community groups and is free of charge.
- Matter of Balance: A Fall Prevention Program – This program is available to older adults to help prevent falls and become more active.
Injury prevention education
- Bonfire Safety – A bonfire can keep you warm in winter or provide a fun gathering place on summer nights. As with any fire, caution should be used to avoid burn injuries. Listen to Dr. James Kraatz, medical director of the burn and wound center at Bronson Methodist Hospital, talk to you about being safe around the fire pit.
- Firework Safety – Fireworks can be a lot of fun, but they can also be dangerous if not used correctly. Listen to Dr. Kraatz’s tips about using fireworks safely and how to prevent injury.
- Frostbite – Before braving the cold, make sure you know how to stay safe in frigid temperatures. Learn about frostbite and ways to avoid getting it from Dr. Kraatz.
- Hunting – It’s important to know how to stay safe when handling a gun. Listen to Dr. Kraatz talk common hunting injuries and how to prevent them.
- Safe Swimming – Whether you’re going to the beach or heading to the pool, it’s important that you know how to stay safe when swimming. Learn about common swimming injuries and how to avoid them from Dr. Oreste Romeo, trauma surgeon at Bronson Methodist Hospital.