Saint Francis Hospital's Emergency Department
, or Trauma Emergency Center (TEC), provides initial treatment to patients with a broad spectrum of illnesses or injuries, some of which may be life-threatening and require immediate attention. Saint Francis Hospital's highly-skilled emergency teams are well aware that in the event of an emergency, every single second counts. That's why the moment you walk in the door, Saint Francis emergency teams immediately work to get your diagnosis and treatment underway.
The emergency teams include doctors, nurses, physician's assistants, paramedics and other highly-skilled healthcare professionals. The emergency rooms are open 24 hours a day, seven days a week to help you and your family if an emergency occurs. The emergency room (ER) is not a place where non-emergency conditions are best treated. Urgent Care centers or primary care physician offices are appropriately equipped to diagnose and treat common illnesses and provide routine care.
Whether you arrive by private vehicle or ambulance, you will be assessed by a registered nurse to determine the severity of your illness or injury. This is referred to as the "triage" process. Patients with more serious problems may be seen before patients with less severe symptoms or injuries.
Emergency services are available at Saint Francis Hospital and Saint Francis Hospital South
At Saint Francis Hospital, services are provided through the TEC. Physicians, the Trauma Emergency Center staff and the inpatient staff members provide immediate consultation or care to trauma victims. Trauma emergency services also provide educational programs, conferences and continuing education courses for physicians, nurses, pre-hospital care providers and the community.
The ER at Saint Francis Hospital South
is also open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Emergency room nurses are required to be certified in all of the most current lifesaving techniques including cardiac, pediatrics and trauma. Every South ER physician is board-certified and experienced in emergency care.