Like so many other parts of the hospital, the Emergency Department is far more sophisticated than one might expect in a 25-bed hospital. It was certified as one of Colorado's first level III trauma centers. A hospital-based ambulance service provides pre-hospital care, and board-certified emergency physicians are available and in the hospital 24 hours a day. Registered nursing staff have advanced training in trauma care. In the event transfer to another facility is required, an FAA-approved helipad is on the hospital campus.
Diagnostic imaging capabilities for the emergency patient include MRI and CT scanning, ultra-sound, nuclear medicine, x-ray, and fluoroscopy. A digital network allows immediate access to 40 off-site radiology specialists in Denver.
There are 16 patient beds in the department, with five of the beds in private exam rooms. A full-time hospitalist -- board certified in internal medicine and pediatrics -- supports emergency physicians and other specialists with consultations and admissions.
Emergency department admission is done at the bedside. There's no standing at an admissions desk to provide insurance and other personal information at a time when medical attention is the first priority. Our goal is to keep our patients as comfortable and at ease as is possible, right from the start. A private waiting area adjacent to the emergency department allows family and friends to wait in a comfortable environment close to their loved one.
For more information on the Emergency Department at AVH, please call 970.544.7343.