Emergency

Emergency medicine is a medical specialty in which a physician receives practical training to care for patients with acute illnesses or injuries which require immediate medical attention. While not usually providing long-term or continuing care, emergency medicine physicians diagnose a variety of illnesses and undertake acute interventions to stabilize the patient.

At Saint Mary’s Regional Health System, the Emergency Department is staffed with emergency medical professionals and is available 24-hours every day. Emergency medicine should not be substituted for general practice. By law, emergency departments may not be able to treat non-emergent medical issues.

Saint Mary’s Regional Health System Emergency Services

Saint Mary’s Emergency Department 479-968-6211

Saint Mary’s Regional Health System offers advanced treatment and personalized care. Our physician-staffed emergency department is here to meet your needs 24-hours-a-day, seven-days-a-week. Our caring, competent staff of nurses, technicians and administrative personnel are here to serve you, while striving to ensure that patient safety, comfort and dignity are constantly preserved. Under the direction of experienced, board-certified medical physicians, in partnership with a complement of ancillary services and on-call specialists, the emergency team at Saint Mary’s is ready to respond to your needs with some of the most current medical technologies and treatments right here at our disposal.

In order to keep in touch with scientific advances in the continually evolving system of healthcare today, continuing education is a must. Emergency Department nurses hold current certifications in both ACLS and PALS. The administration and medical staff at Saint Mary’s Regional Health System promote the professional growth and competency of its patient care providers by offering numerous opportunities for staff development through advanced emergency and critical care certification such as CEN, CCRN, ENPC and TNCC. Our emphasis on training and customer service is coupled with decades of combined experience.

At our emergency department, we are committed to providing quality service by meeting the needs of our patients and their families with courtesy and respect. Your emergency experience at Saint Mary’s Regional Health System should be one of care, concern and attention to your emotional and physical needs. It is our goal not only to meet our patients’ needs, but also to exceed the expectations of the people in the community we serve.

You deserve more, and that is exactly what Saint Mary’s Regional Health System’s ER gives you:

  • More service in a patient friendly environment
  • More technology that is critical to treating special cases
  • More specialized care by highly skilled emergency medicine doctors
  • And more convenience with our accessible location

Saint Mary’s Regional Health System proudly opened the doors of its newly-renovated Emergency Department in December 2004, presenting a beautifully decorated, advanced facility to the Russellville community. Over the last few years, the extensive planning and construction that went into the project have paid off, enabling SMRMC to efficiently serve the thousands of patients who have come through its doors seeking emergency care.

The SMRMC Emergency Department is a Level III Trauma Center with 16 treatment rooms and two cardiac/trauma beds. There is also a special hazardous materials area with its own entrance for patients who may be contaminated with a hazardous substance. The department is always open and staffed around the clock with doctors, nurses and support staff who are specialized in emergency care.

Upon arrival at the Emergency Department, patients are evaluated by a registered nurse who is trained in triage. Triage is a system of classifying patients on a priority basis so that those who are most critically ill will be cared for first. Because emergencies cannot be scheduled, there are times when a number of patients will be cared for at the same time. This may also increase waiting time, but rest assured that each patient is seen as quickly as possible. Two family members may wait in the Emergency Department with each patient. Other family members and visitors may wait in the Emergency Waiting Area, located next to the treatment area.

Upon discharge, patients are given a discharge instruction sheet. In addition, the emergency staff calls to check on many patients at home during the 24 hours following their Emergency Department visit. Of course, patients or family members are welcome to contact the department with any questions or problems.

There’s never a convenient time to have an emergency, but if it does happen to you or a member of your family, it’s nice to know that a quality facility such as the Emergency Department at Saint Mary’s Regional Health System exists in your area, just in case.

Your comments and concerns are welcome. Please call the SMRMC Emergency Department, Director of Patient Care Services at 479-968-6211.

Here When You Need Us

No one plans to visit the emergency department. It just happens, and usually when you least expect it. Saint Mary’s Regional Health System is a Level 3 Trauma Center with state of the art patient care for acute illnesses and chronic diseases to communities in Russellville and surrounding areas, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Rapid transport of patients via helicopter is available, should the need arise.

Our ER houses 16 private treatment rooms. Additionally, custom-designed OB/GYN exam rooms allow maximum privacy. A separate bereavement room allows privacy for families. Saint Mary’s Regional Health System is also prepared to manage potential industrial accidents with a large decontamination room for treating chemical exposure.

At Saint Mary’s Regional Health System we know your time is valuable. Not only do you want great care when coming to an ER but you also want to get in and out as quickly as possible. That is why we developed the Fast Track program. The Fast Track process will allow patients with non-urgent complaints and minor illnesses to be seen more quickly and improve the overall flow of patients through the Emergency Department.

Our team of trained physicians, nurses and technicians are able to provide fast, quality care. They will listen to you, examine you carefully and prescribe a treatment plan that you will understand and believe in.

At our emergency department, we are committed to providing quality service by meeting the needs of our patients and their families with courtesy and respect. Your emergency experience at Saint Mary’s Regional Health System should be one of care, concern and attention to your emotional and physical needs. It is our goal not only to meet our patients’ needs, but also to exceed the expectations of the people in the community we serve.

Whether you have a minor injury/illness or a life threatening event, Saint Mary’s Regional Health System’s ER is equipped, ready, and able to meet the needs of your next emergency.

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