Our Emergency and Urgent Care physicians and nurses are dedicated to providing the highest-quality care for minor injuries as well as life-threatening conditions for patients of all ages. For your convenience, we provide in-room computerized registration, allowing for more timely access to care while reducing wait time. We accept a wide variety of health plans including Medicare, DeanCare, Physicians Plus, Unity, The Alliance, Group Health Cooperative, Humana and many other insurance providers. Please check your individual plan regarding coverage of services at Stoughton Hospital.
Emergency Care is available 24 hours every day, staffed by physicians who are board-certified in emergency medicine. Nursing staff is trained in ACLS (Advance Cardiac Life Support), PALS (Pediatric Advanced Life Support), Trauma Nursing Core Curriculum and the Emergency Nursing Pediatric Course. Helicopter access is available to a Level 1 Trauma Center as warranted.
Emergency care is provided when you have symptoms that may indicate a life-threatening illness or injury such as:
- Alcohol or drug intoxication or overdose
- Amputations or severe lacerations
- Bone fractures
- Facial or eye trauma
- Fever in newborn (less than 3 months old)
- Gunshot or knife wounds
- Heavy, uncontrolled bleeding
- Loss of consciousness
- Moderate to severe burns
- Pregnancy-related problems
- Seizures or convulsions
- Serious head, neck or back injury
- Severe abdominal pain
- Severe chest pain
- Severe headache
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- Signs of heart attack or stroke
- Suicidal or homicidal feelings
Level of Care
When you arrive in the Emergency Department, a preliminary level of care (Urgent versus Emergent) is determined based on the presenting symptoms. In some cases, the determination is made after the diagnosis is confirmed.
For example, if you arrive with ankle pain, you will be examined and X-rays taken. If the ankle is broken, it may be an Emergency; if it is sprained, it is Urgent Care and billed accordingly. So, even if you arrive during Urgent Care hours, you may be billed for Emergency Care based on your diagnosis.
Our policy is to treat patients according to the severity of their illness or injury. When possible, we will see you on a first-come, first-served basis; however, at times, those with non-life-threatening injuries may be asked to wait while the seriously ill receive medical care.
For more information about our Emergency and Urgent Care Services, please call (608) 873-6611.