Emergency Services
Kennedy has three top-notch emergency departments at our hospitals in Stratford, Washington Township and Cherry Hill.

In 2003, Kennedy opened a $23.4 million emergency department at our Washington Township campus. The largest emergency department in the region, it quadrupled the size of the former emergency department to 26,000 square feet. Features of the state-of-the-art facility includes two centers of patient care: one for acute care and the other for less acute patients.

The emergency department houses 25 private treatment rooms, a hotel-like reception area that features separate children's waiting area and a private room for family consultations. Kennedy provides 24-hour pediatric emergency care at our Washington Township campus emergency department.
Ronald McDonald House Waiting Room
Together with Ronald McDonald House, Kennedy offers a special waiting room for families of children who are cared for in Kennedy's Washington Township Emergency Department. The waiting room is bright, cheerful and chocked full of toys, video games and refreshments for children and their parents.

Emergency Room Patient Navigator RN
Kennedy now takes patient care to a higher level. We know that navigating the healthcare system can be overwhelming, so our Patient Navigators  do it for you.

Nicole Schwartz, RN - Washington Twp.:  856-582-3007

Joanne Schleider, RN - Stratford:  856-346-6241

Patricia Madden, RN, BSN - Washington Township:  856- 218-5466

Kennedy Health System Emergency Rooms

Kennedy Univ. Hospital - Stratford
18 East Laurel Road
Stratford, NJ 08084

Kennedy Univ. Hospital - Wash. Twp.
435 Hurffville-Cross Keys Road
Turnersville, NJ 08012

Kennedy Univ. Hospital - Cherry Hill
2201 Chapel Ave West
Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

Emergency Room Tips

Because the costs for a typical ER visit is often four times as much as a visit to a physician’s office, you can realize a significant cost savings by using the ER only for acute medical situations, (severe burns, broken bones).

Before Going to the Emergency Room

  • Contact your regular doctor for non-acute conditions (earaches, minor fevers, sunburns, etc.).  Your physician has your complete medical history, and should be able to make a recommendation to make you comfortable or advise an emergency room visit. If you do not have a regular physician, click here to find a physician in your area.
  • Be prepared with a detailed description of your medical emergency. If you are concerned that you will be unable to effectively communicate your condition to the ER staff, bring a friend of family member to help. Providing as much information as possible during the initial evaluation will help make your visit go more smoothly.
  • If you have a chronic illness, try to keep an updated file containing any relevant test results, allergies, current medications and physician reports handy. Take this with you to your emergency room visit.  This will assist the ER staff with assessing your condition, and can possibly save time and money by preventing duplication of diagnostic tests.
Emergency Room Frequently Asked Questions

Why do I have to wait before seeing an ER doctor?

Wait times may vary, depending on the volume of patients, availability of treatment rooms, and the nature of your illness or injury. Ambulances, carrying critically injured or ill patients may also increase the wait time for "walk-in" ER patients. If you have a concern about wait times, or there is a change in the your condition, please see an ER triage nurse.

I arrived first. Why was another patient seen before me?

Patients are seen based on a 'triage system'. Every new patient is given an initial medical evaluation. Patients with a critical illness or injury are seen first.

I have seen the doctor. Why do I need to wait before leaving or being admitted?

The doctor may order further testing (radiology, blood work) to help with diagnosis and treatment. You may need to wait to receive these tests, and additionally wait for the results to become available for the doctor to review.

I need to follow-up with a specialist. What do I do now?

One of our Patient Navigator RN's can assist you with locating the appropriate specialist, obtaining the correct referral documents, and scheduling your appointment.