About Our Emergency Department
Features of this state-of-the-art facility include two centers of patient care: one for acute care and the other for less serious conditions. The emergency department houses 25 private treatment rooms, a hotel-like reception area and a private room for family consultations. Together with Ronald McDonald House, we offer a special waiting room for families of children who are cared for in Jefferson Washington Township Hospital's Emergency Department. The waiting room is bright, cheerful and full of toys, video games and refreshments for children and their parents. 24-hour pediatric emergency care is available at this location.
Emergency Room Tips
Because the cost 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, (i.e., severe burns, broken bones).
Before Going to the Emergency Room
- Contact your regular doctor for non-acute conditions (i.e., 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.
Please click below to review our Emergency Room Frequently Asked Questions.
Emergency Department FAQ
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 (i.e., 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 RNs can assist you with locating the appropriate specialist, obtaining the correct referral documents, and scheduling your appointment.