Here when you need us.
Accidents can happen at any time and it’s nice to know you have the emergency care you need to help. Designated a Level IV Trauma Center, Tri-County Health Care's emergency department specializes in acute care of patients who arrive without an appointment either by their own means or by ambulance. Patients are seen with a variety of illnesses and injuries, some of them life-threatening. Available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, the staff is trained to work quickly and efficiently to provide treatment with minimal information.
Our emergency department is staffed by specially trained physicians and nurses dedicated to emergency medicine. Each has received advanced training in the areas of life support, trauma, stroke and advanced cardiac care.
Patients Younger Than 18
In all but a few instances, patients younger than 18 must have parental or guardian consent before their emergency room evaluation. Patients who plan to be out of town, for example on vacation, should leave a written consent designating who can authorize care in their absence. Most often, this is an individual who will be caring for any children younger than of 18, whether a family member or a friend.
Dial 911 for an emergency.
Hours: 24 hours a day
Location: Enter the emergency department parking lot off of Jefferson Street on the north side of the hospital. Do not go in through the main entrance on Deerwood Avenue.
For patients needing more extensive medial support at another facility, Tri-County Health Care offers the ability to quickly transport patients via MedFlight with its helipad access. Adjacent to the ambulance entrance and emergency department, emergency personnel can quickly transport trauma patients to and from the hospital within minutes.
When patients arrive by their own means to the emergency room, the first step includes a triage visit with a nurse. This nurse will assess the patient and collect a set of vitals (including blood pressure and temperature) prior to the emergency room visit. This defined process helps the staff prioritize issues based on established emergency guidelines.
Tri-County Health Care now provides Telestroke services to patients thanks to a partnership with St. Cloud Hospital Stroke Center. Telestroke uses video conferencing technology to allow a stroke neurologist from St. Cloud Hospital Stroke Center to evaluate a patient in another hospital, view diagnostic scans and recommend treatment. Through Telestroke, interventions such as the delivery of clot-busting medications can be administered quickly. Such steps are considered the first line of treatment for acute ischemic stroke but it must be administered within a four and a half hour window from the onset of symptoms to work best. Telestroke services are available to patients 24/7, and works to save precious time and brain function in stroke patients which allows them to recover more quickly and ideally, suffer less disability.