Emergency Services: Here When You Need Us

If you are faced with a medical crisis, you’ll find world-class care at Lutheran Medical Center’s Emergency Department, at any time, day or night. We’re also working with our community to prevent accidents that are the leading causes of emergency visits.

Expert Care in Minutes

Our recently renovated 50-bed Emergency Department is staffed with board certified emergency physicians, a highly trained staff of emergency nurses, and specialists in cardiology, neurology and orthopedic surgery.

“We’re prepared to treat any type of severe injury or illness, such as trauma and heart attack, but we also provide fast care for less severe conditions,” says Scott Miner,
MD, an emergency physician and Medical Director of Emergency Services. “In
most cases, patients are seen by a caregiver within 15 minutes of arrival.”

Lutheran’s Emergency Department also includes a “Senior ER” to care for older adult patients. This 14-bed unit is set apart from the rest of the department and includes numerous features to comfort older adults and attend to their specialized medical needs, including nonslip floors, softer lighting, large-numeral digital clocks and hearing amplification devices.

“Our Senior ER staff is specially trained to screen for dementia, drug interactions, delirium and other risks that older adults face,” Dr. Miner says. “They can also suggest social services to assist patients once they leave the hospital.”

Keeping Our Neighbors Safe

To help keep older adults out of the hospital in the first place, Lutheran is addressing the primary cause of older adult trauma—falling. The hospital offers free “Matter of Balance” classes that teach participants how to recognize and remedy fall risks in the home (such as loose extension cords) and guide them through simple balance and strengthening exercises. Matter of Balance is an eight-session program, offered in two-hour weekly classes at the hospital.

“Lutheran also partners with local EMS services and first responders who go to patients’ homes to help determine what services and resources they might need,” says Micah Larson, EMS and Trauma Outreach Coordinator. “This could include anything from handrails in the bathroom to hospice services.” 

Lutheran also works to keep those at the other end of the age spectrum safe. Every year, more than 1,000 local children receive free bike helmets, courtesy of the hospital, at various events throughout the region.

“We’re pleased to see that more parents and kids are realizing the importance of wearing bike helmets to prevent catastrophic head injuries,” Larson says. “In addition to providing the helmets, we take the time to carefully fit them to the child’s head so they provide maximum protection.”

When to Go to the Emergency Department

  • Broken bones or dislocated joints
  • Deep cuts that may require stitches 
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Major burns
  • Persistent chest pain that radiates to your arm or jaw
  • Pregnancy complications if you are more than 20 weeks pregnant
  • Severe head injury
  • Severe pain in your right lower abdomen
  • Sudden confusion or weakness,          dizziness or numbness
  • Sudden difficulty speaking or understanding speech
  • Sudden, severe headache
  • Vomiting blood

Is it urgent or emergent? 

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