Call 911 if you
- Have severe chest pain
- Have a severe injury
- Have shortness of breath
- Have severe bleeding
- Signs of a stroke
When in doubt, it's better to call. The 911 telecommunicator will need to know your exact location and phone number.
We are fully staffed 24 hours a day by physicians, nurses, and ambulance personnel trained in emergency care. We handle routine emergencies and complex medical, surgical, and trauma care. We are located on the upper level of the hospital and have a three-bed trauma room and five private exam rooms.
Emergency Department Visitor Guidelines:
- Patients 17 years of age and younger may have one (1) parent/guardian with them. The person with them must remain in the room and will be asked to communicate with the nurse or provider if they need to leave the room to minimize exposure and keep everyone safe. Parents or Guardians will be allowed to switch out.
- Patients 18 years of age or greater may have one (1) person with them. The person with them must remain in the room and will be asked to communicate with the nurse or provider if they need to leave the room to minimize exposure and keep everyone safe.
- If the patient’s condition suggests they may have an infectious disease, the person with them must remain in the room with the patient until this is determined.
- If the patient presenting at the ED is a known COVID-19 positive patient, visitors will be restricted unless patient condition warrants the presence of a support person. Visitors will be educated on appropriate use of PPE (mask, gloves and gown).
- Visitors may be required to wear a medical grade mask. It must be worn during their entire time in the ED/hospital. No eating or drinking is allowed when this mask requirement is in place.
Please note: There may be times when our waiting area in the ED becomes too crowded to remain safe. When this occurs, persons accompanying patients may be asked to social distance, relocate to alternate waiting area, or relocate outside the building.
The safety of our patients, their support person and our staff are of upmost importance in our Emergency Department. Thank you for your patience and understanding.
Warning signs of a heart attack
- Chest discomfort: An uncomfortable pressure, squeezing, fullness, or pain in the center of the chest that lasts for more than a few minutes or goes away and comes back
- Discomfort in other areas of the upper body, such as the arms, back, neck, jaw, or stomach
- Shortness of breath or other signs: Breaking out in a cold sweat, nausea/vomiting, or light-headedness
If you think you are having a heart attack, call 911 right away and follow the instructions of the 911 telecommunicator. Important life-saving treatment is started by the EMS team on the scene. Driving yourself, or having someone drive you, delays treatment and puts you at risk.
Warning signs of a stroke
- Sudden numbness or weakness of the face, arm, or leg, especially on one side of the body
- Abrupt onset of confusion, trouble speaking or understanding
- Sudden double vision or trouble with vision
- Abrupt onset of dizziness, loss of balance or coordination
- Sudden severe headache
If you think you are having a stroke, call 911 right away. Important life-saving treatment is started by the EMS team on the scene. Driving yourself, or having someone drive you, delays treatment and puts you at risk.