Emergency Department

24-Hour Care for Serious Illnesses and Injuries

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Our Emergency Department provides 24-hour physician coverage with access to emergency helicopter transportation. We treat approximately 35,000 patients each year.

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Our Staff

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.