Emergency medicine focuses on the diagnosis and treatment of acute illnesses and injuries that can be life threatening and require immediate medical attention. Emergency physicians treat a broad variety of patients that may require admission to the hospital or releasing the patient home after their treatment. An emergency medicine physician has special training and has a broad field of knowledge and advanced life saving procedural skills. These skills can include surgical procedures, trauma resuscitation, advanced cardiac life support, and advanced airway management. If you have an emergency medical need, call 911 or the emergency number in your area. You can also visit one of our Emergency Room locations listed below.
If you think you need treatment but it’s not an emergency, try these options:
What to Expect During a Visit to the Emergency Room
- All patients receive a medical screening exam to determine their appropriate level of care. If your condition is an emergency, you will be treated in the emergency department.
- If your condition is not an emergency, you will meet with an onsite patient navigator who will make an appointment for you to visit a primary care office or refer you to urgent care.
Patients who wish to be treated in the emergency department after being informed that their condition is not an emergency will be required to pay for services at the time of their treatment. Under these circumstances, the patient will likely not be reimbursed by their health plan.
Emergency Medicine Rooms are available at the following Presbyterian hospitals: