Richland Hospital Emergency Medicine
How the Emergency Department Works
The way care is provided in the Emergency Department is different from an Urgent Care visit or a visit with your family physician. With those appointments, you are placed on a schedule and assessments about your overall health can be made.
In the Emergency Department everything is based on the problem that brought you to our door. The more critical or life-threatening that problem is, the sooner you will be seen. Federal law requires that we provide care in this manner.
Based on our State designation, the Richland Hospital’s Emergency Department is a Level 4 Trauma Center. In addition to this designation, we require doctors and nurses working in our Emergency Department to have advanced training over and above required levels. Every physician and registered nurse in our hospital E.D. has had Advanced Trauma Life Support and Advanced Cardiac Life Support training. All nurses have had the TNCC Trauma Nurse Core Course and all have had either PALS (Pediatric Advanced Life Support) or ENPC (Emergency Nursing Pediatric Course) training.
Here For You 24/7
The Richland Hospital Emergency Department is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and is staffed with a physician and nurses who specialize in emergency medicine.
The staff treats emergencies from inconvenient injuries and illnesses that interrupt vacations to life-threatening incidents. With state-of-the-art diagnostic equipment adjacent to the department, X-rays and laboratory work are processed quickly, allowing faster diagnosis and treatment. Dr. Berres directs the medical care of patients in the Emergency Room and governs the implementation of established ER and hospital policies.
Jump to Emergency Care or Urgent Care? section below.
Seven Large Treatment Areas
The Richland Hospital’s Emergency Medical Department includes:
- A two-bed major trauma room is used for code blues, heart attacks, strokes, motor vehicle crashes, bike accidents, overdoses and other major traumas.
- Patients suffering from abdominal pain, dehydration, fractures or other incidents requiring major treatment utilize a two-bed major treatment room.
- Three smaller exam rooms are used to treat patients suffering from breathing difficulties, dizziness or other similar ailments.
Emergency Room Waiting Times
Patients needing emergency medical care are treated according to their degree of acuity or seriousness.
ER patients are not cared for in order of their arrival time. They are triaged, ensuring that patients most in need of critical care receive prompt medical attention.
Should a patient need to be transported from our facility, the hospital has access to emergency medical helicopter services via their helipad on the roof of the hospital.
Please visit the Providers page for ER physician profiles.
Emergency Care or Urgent Care?
Whether it is the flu season, allergy season, or any other season many adults turn to the Richland Hospital and Richland Medical Center for quick care. Our goal is to get you appropriate care for your health concern.
In any emergency room, the more serious patients are seen first. Patients with problems such as those with broken bones, chest pain, a stroke, a cut with uncontrollable bleeding, or anything that threatens a persons life will be seen before those patients presenting without life-threatening illnesses or injuries.
Patients suffering from flu-like symptoms may have longer wait times. For these patients, Urgent Care is the more appropriate place to go. Patients will see trained nurses and physicians and will most often be seen much quicker than in an emergency room. The guide below outlines when to go to an emergency room and when an urgent care is better.
When to Visit an Emergency Room
- Severe bleeding
- Difficulty breathing
- Chest pain or pressure
- Broken bones
- Partial or total amputation of a limb
- Trauma or injury to the head
- Sudden dizziness or difficulty seeing
- Severe abdominal pain
When to Visit an Urgent Care Facility
- Lacerations – deep cuts or wounds that may require stitches
- Sprains, strains, or deep bruises
- Mild to moderate asthma attacks
- Ear infections
- Urinary tract infections
- Upper respiratory infections
- Coughs and congestion
- Sore throats
- Insect bites
Urgent care facilities are an important resource for individuals who will pay out of pocket for services. Urgent care is less costly than Emergency care. Because of this, some insurance companies provide better coverage for patients who utilize the more appropriate service.