Emergency Services

Emergency Services

Emergency Services

The Emergency Department at Veterans Memorial Hospital is open 24/7, 365 days a year and staffed by Physicians, Advanced Practice Practitioners, Registered Nurses, and Paramedics.  We provide exceptional high quality care to all those injured or ill requiring emergency care.  We are a level IV trauma care facility, a Stroke Capable Hospital, and participate in our region’s STEMI program.  If your illness or injury requires a specialty service or higher level of care, our highly trained team will stabilize you and you will be transferred by Advanced Life Support ground ambulance or medical helicopter if necessary.


When should I come to the Emergency Department?

You need to come to the ER if you are experiencing any of the following:

    • Chest pain or other signs of heart attack such as arm pain, shortness of breath, or sweating
    • Severe abdominal pain
    • Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
    • Sudden weakness, or loss or coordination/balance, sudden numbness in face, arms, or legs (signs of stroke)
    • Sudden severe headache
    • Severe nausea/vomiting
    • Changes or loss of consciousness
    • Severe cuts, wounds, suspected fractures, or severe burns
    • Head or spinal injury
    • Anytime you feel you are experiencing signs or symptoms of an emergency condition.

What should I expect when I arrive:

The nurse or paramedic with take you into a room and take your vitals and ask why you have come to the emergency department.  They will take a brief history about your present illness, allergies, and medications you are currently taking.

What should I bring with me?

You will be asked about your current medications and it will be best to bring your actual medication bottles or a current updated list of all your medications along with you, including prescribed, over-the-counter, and herbal supplements.

You should also bring your insurance cards and photo ID.

Veterans Memorial Hospital will treat patients regardless of your ability to pay.  If you have a medical emergency or are in labor, you have the right to receive the following, within the capabilities of our hospital’s staff and facilities:

  • An appropriate medical screening exam
  • Necessary stabilizing treatment, including that of an unborn child, and
  • An appropriate transfer to another facility.

If you have questions following your ER visit, please call Veterans Memorial Hospital at 563-568-3411 and ask to speak to the emergency department or call your primary care provider.

Dave Schwartz, MD  

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