Call 911 if you or a loved one are experiencing a critical medical emergency such as chest or abdominal pain, severe headache or loss of function in your arms or legs, inability to breathe, uncontrolled bleeding or traumatic injury. Calling 911 brings the Emergency Medical Service to the patient, so expert assessment and treatment can begin before you even reach the hospital. Lawrence General provides Advanced Life Support to all communities in our service area.
Medical emergencies can be scary, and you need to be confident when you choose your hospital. Lawrence General is a verified Level Three Trauma Center. That means we have a deep team of experts who know how to handle most medical emergencies. Board certified emergency physicians and highly trained nurses and other staff will provide the care you need, with skill and compassion.
Lawrence General’s Emergency Center provides 41 private exam rooms and designated areas for critical care, trauma and pediatric emergencies.
Patients are greeted quickly and registered, in English or Spanish when they arrive. Within minutes, an emergency nurse will speak with you about your medical emergency and assess your needs. This nurse may identify lab tests or imaging services that are needed to provide your care. We know you will understand that patients with life threatening illness or injury cannot wait for care. They must be seen first. Still, we understand waiting can be stressful, we will do our best to keep you comfortable and informed during your stay in the Emergency Center. Please let our registration staff know if you have a question or concern.
Because we are a trauma center, the Lawrence General Emergency Center can be a busy place. To help move less acute patients through the care process, we activate a Rapid Assessment Zone on busy days. That means patients who we expect can be quickly assessed, treated and released don’t have to wait for a room on the unit. They can be seen from a special area of the waiting room.