24-Hour Care for Serious Illnesses and Injuries
Our Emergency Department provides 24-hour physician coverage with access
to emergency helicopter transportation. We treat approximately 35,000
patients each year.
Highly qualified staff are always on duty. They include:
- Board-certified emergency physicians
- Trauma-certified emergency nurses who also are trained in advanced cardiac
life support and pediatric advanced life support
- Specially trained emergency department physician assistants
- Emergency department technicians and paramedics
- Registration and clerical staff
Understand triage care
You will be greeted by a triage specialist, a nurse who is trained to determine
the seriousness of your injury or illness. He or she creates a treatment
priority list by comparing the conditions of all patients in the waiting
area and ensures that patients who have life- or limb-threatening conditions
receive emergency care first.
How long does it take?
Unlike scheduled physician appointments, Emergency Department visits are
not planned, so your waiting time may be longer than anticipated. The
time you spend in the Emergency Department depends on the severity of
your illness or injury, and how busy the department is.
- If the emergency medicine provider decides that you should be admitted
to the hospital, please plan to be in the Emergency Department for at
least three hours before being transferred to an inpatient unit.
- If you are treated for a less serious illness or injury, you can expect
your visit to last less than two hours.
When you go home
If you are not admitted, your health care provider will give you home-care
instructions. We want you to have all the information you need about your
illness or injury, so please ask questions before you leave.
If you think your illness or injury is not improving within 24 hours, or
if you feel worse, please return to the Emergency Department, or call
your primary-care provider or the specialist to whom you have been referred.
If you have any questions or concerns about any aspects of your care, please
call the Emergency Department director at (319) 768-4743.