At Kadlec Emergency Departments (EDs), patients are treated by providers who are certified in emergency medicine. Hospital and stand-alone EDs are set up to focus on medical emergencies, not routine health care.
You should go to the ED if a person or unborn baby has a life-threatening emergency, or could be permanently disabled from an illness or injury.
If you go to the ED for a problem that is not an emergency, it could cost more than going to a doctor's office or a walk-in clinic and may take longer to be seen. A trip to the ED for an earache, for example, may cost three to four times as much as it would at your doctor's office.
Watch a video produced by the Washingtion State Hospital Association to better understand when to use virtual care, primary care or urgent care services, as the hospital emergency department should be reserved for serious or life-threatening emergencies.
The Lantern Award winning Emergency Department is staffed around-the-clock by specially trained physicians and nurses who are dedicated to caring for people who require immediate medical assistance.
The Emergency Department includes: