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University Hospital
One Hospital Drive
Columbia, MO 65212

University Hospital has been providing world-class care to Missourians since it opened in 1956. The hospital is home to the Frank L. Mitchell Jr., MD Trauma Center, as well as cutting-edge operating rooms, cardiovascular clinics, the Missouri Neurosciences Center and more.

University Hospital

University Hospital offers the only Level I trauma center and helicopter service in central Missouri. Physicians throughout the state refer many of their most complicated cases to our flagship hospital. The 247-bed hospital specializes in treating the most severe illnesses and injuries. Its seven-story Critical Care Tower provides the latest in medical technology for critically ill or injured patients.

Housed in the tower are cardiac, medical, neurological and surgical intensive care units as well as central Missouri’s only burn intensive care unit. Next to the burn center, the hospital has the region’s most comprehensive center for wound care and hyperbaric medicine. Trauma specialists at University Hospital help treat more than 25,000 emergency room patients each year.

University Hospital also contains the region’s only cochlear implant center, a diabetes center, an ophthalmology institute, a sleep disorders center, an endoscopy center, endo-suites dedicated to minimally invasive surgery and a SameDay Surgery Center that offers hundreds of different procedures in its fully equipped operating rooms.

The staff at University Hospital is united in its dedication to caring for patients and their families. Establishing good relationships - letting patients and visitors know someone cares - is a top priority.


1 Hospital Dr
Columbia, MO 65212

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We are pleased to offer valet parking to you. This free service is available Monday through Friday. Vehicles will be parked from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. and retrieved from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Emergency Room Wait Times

What is Wait Time?

Wait time is the average time for patients, after registration, to see a qualified healthcare professional, defined as a Physician, Physician Assistant or Nurse Practitioner.

The national average is about one hour (source: CDC).

Note: Times are provided for informational purposes and cannot be guaranteed at arrival.

Why are some patients seen first, even if they arrived after me?

Walk-in patients will first be seen by a triage nurse. The nurse will ask some questions about how you are feeling and take vital signs such as blood pressure, pulse rate, breathing rate, and temperature. Your vital signs and a number of other factors will determine how quickly they need to be seen. Patients who arrive with life threatening and more serious injuries and ailments are seen before those with non-life threatening problems.