Samaritan Hospital’s emergency room is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year and serves everyone within our community and the surrounding region who requires emergency care. We are staffed by board-certified emergency physicians as well as mid-level practitioners. Our emergency room nursing staff is certified in advanced cardiac life support, pediatric life support and each nurse holds trauma certification.
What to expect:
A triage nurse will assess you upon your arrival. They will take your blood pressure, pulse and temperature to better evaluate your condition. You will be asked questions about your medications and your current and past health. You are then assigned a triage level; those with life threatening illness or injuries are seen first.
After your triage assessment you will be admitted/registered. They will need your picture I.D. and insurance information. We see all patients regardless of your medical insurance or your ability to pay. We can provide you with an application for DSHS financial assistance and an application for uncompensated care.
Your priority of treatment is based upon the severity of your illness, as determined by the triage nurse. You will be seen in the order of arrival time, unless you are determined to be seriously ill or unstable. Patients who are determined to be emergent will be taken to the treatment area immediately.
Friends and family in the emergency room
Family and friends are an important part of the care and healing process. As soon as possible, we will invite 2 people back into the patient room. Our emergency room is primarily dedicated to treatment so there is only room for 2 visitors at a time.
Kathryn Trumbull, Chief Nursing Officer