Emergency Care

When Do You Need Emergency Care?

A medical emergency means one thing: You can’t wait.

If you have a life-threatening situation, call 911 to have a medical team come to you, or go to the nearest Emergency Department. We are here for you 24/7 with emergency-certified medical response teams.

Where Are We?

The Emergency & Trauma Center is at the northeast corner of Stormont Vail Hospital.

The public entrance to the Emergency & Trauma Center is just west of Eighth and Washburn Avenues. Patients and visitors should enter off of Eighth Avenue at Horne Street, then turn east into the driveway in front of the Stormont Vail Pozez Education Center and into the facility’s parking lot. The ambulance entrance is on Washburn Avenue, just south of Eighth Avenue.

Conditions We Treat

Emergency Department vs. Express Care (also called Urgent Care)

Some patients are unsure about the difference between emergency care and express care, also called urgent care. Both provide medical care when you can’t wait for an appointment. But they are very different. In general, if you believe you’re having a life-threatening medical emergency—such as chest pain, shortness of breath, or a severe injury—go to the emergency department.

On the other hand, if you have an injury or condition that isn’t serious enough to be life threatening but still needs urgent medical care—such as a burn, fracture or sprain, or severe flu symptoms—head to a Cotton O’Neil Express Care clinic.

If you don’t know, go to the emergency department.

When Should I Use The Emergency Department?

Call 911 when for need immediate help, especially in the following situations:

  • Choking or inability to breathe
  • Loss of consciousness
  • An injury to the neck or spine
  • Severe burns over a large portion of the body
  • Seizure
  • Heart attack symptoms, such as chest pain or pressure, or pain in the jaw or arm
  • Stroke symptoms, such as a sudden inability to move, speak, see, or understand, and a sudden weakness or “drooping” on one side of the body
  • Inhalation of poisonous fumes or smoke
  • Uncontrollable bleeding
  • A broken bone that’s pushing through the skin
  • A severe allergic reaction, such as breathing difficulty, swelling, hives
  • Drug overdose
  • Having suicidal thoughts

When Should I Go to Express Care?

Our Cotton O’Neil Express Care clinics can handle medical problems that need fast treatment, but are not life-threatening emergencies, including:

  • Persistent high fever
  • Persistent diarrhea or vomiting
  • Ear pain
  • Painful urination
  • Fractures, strains, and sprains
  • A deep cut that needs stitches
  • Infections
  • Skin rashes
  • Back pain
  • A mild burn
  • Treatments and Services

Here are some of the specialized emergency treatments and services at Stormont Vail Emergency Department:

  • Trauma Response Team

    Led by a surgeon, the Trauma Response Team treats critically injured patients. When we’re notified that a severely injured patient will be arriving, our goal is to immediately prepare for their arrival. We are a Level II Trauma Center, accredited by the American College of Surgeons. This means we can provide the initial care for all injuries and then determine the best course of action.
  • Stroke Response Team

    When a stroke happens, brain cells begin to die and a patient cannot afford to wait. Our stroke team will run tests, do a CT scan to understand what kind of stroke you are experiencing, and start treatment tailored to your condition immediately.

    Our stroke center received the highest recognition from the American Heart Association in 2017.

  • STEMI Response Team

    Our STEMI Response Team is always on call to treat patients who have had a heart attack. If you arrive at our emergency department with breathing difficulty or chest pain, we will screen you for heart attack and have the STEMI team stand by. (STEMI stands for ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction, a serious type of heart attack.) If a heart attack is diagnosed, the team will be called into action and prepare for treatment immediately.
  • Code Blue Team

    When a patient is having cardiac or respiratory arrest, the code blue team will rush in to give resuscitation. The team comprises registered physicians and nurses, a respiratory therapist, the intensive care unit (ICU), the lab and a rapid response team led by our Critical Care department.
  • Mother Baby Response

    If your baby arrives unexpectedly – for example, if you’ve delivered at home or en route to the hospital – we bring the Neonatal Intensive Care team and a Birthplace team member to the Emergency Department to care for both mother and baby upon arrival.
  • Sexual Assault Response

    Stormont Vail Health’s Sexual Assault Response Team is a multidisciplinary team that includes specially trained forensic nurses, law enforcement, victim advocates, social workers, case managers, mental health, judicial, and social services. This team collaborates to provide immediate, compassionate care to victims of sexual assault of any age 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
  • Substance Use Disorder

    At Stormont Vail Health in the Emergency Department, all patients are screened using a universal alcohol and drug screening tool to identify potential alcohol and substance abuse disorders. Any patient with a positive screen are evaluated by Substance Use Disorder Coordinators and are provided the appropriate resources or placed in services if requested by the patient.

Our Distinctions:

Stormont Vail Is….

  • An Accredited Chest Pain Center

Our cardiologists’ goal is to stop heart attacks 15 minutes after a patient arrives. Our accreditation, offered by The Joint Commission, means we provide high-quality care to patients with acute coronary syndrome (ACS) – situations where blood flow to the heart has been blocked.

  • An Accredited Primary Stroke Center

We achieved a high distinction in our diagnostic testing, neurosurgical services and clinical performance measures to receive this accreditation by The Joint Commission.

  • A Verified Level II Trauma Center

Certified by American College of Surgeons, we can provide 24-hour immediate coverage by general surgeons and specialties of orthopedic surgery, neurosurgery, anesthesiology, emergency medicine, radiology and critical care. It means that we can provide quality care for all types of injuries timely.

We’ve also received the following distinctions for our stroke and heart attack care:

  • Get With The Guidelines® Stroke Gold Plus Achievement Award with the Target: StrokeSM Honor Roll Elite Plus (American Heart Association and American Stroke Association)
  • Get With the Guidelines®-Heart Failure Gold Plus with Target: Heart Failure Honor RollSM Quality Achievement Award (AHA/ASA)
  • AHA Mission: Lifeline® STEMI Gold Receiving Center
  • AHA Mission: Lifeline® NSTEMI (Non-STEMI) Silver Recognition

More About Emergency Treatment at Stormont Vail

We are constantly evaluating the changing needs of the community. But we also believe high-quality care meets both the community and the individual’s needs.

After you’re discharged from the Emergency Department, you may work with a case manager who will follow up with you to answer any questions about the medical advice given by your physician, or about self-care at home.

If you need further treatment, we will send your medical charts to your primary care provider, who can be your go-to for follow-up care.

This is especially important if you have a chronic condition, such as diabetes or asthma. Managing that condition well can prevent episodes that require emergency care.

Meet Our Team

David G. Biller
M.D.

Emergency Medicine

Samuel K. Brewer
D.O.

Emergency Medicine

David W. Brosa
PA-C

Emergency Medicine

Bailey L. Buer
PA-C

Emergency Medicine

Travis E. DeVader
M.D.

Emergency Medicine

Jana M. Glass
APRN

Emergency Medicine

Krista L. Grow
M.D.

Emergency Medicine

Ashley B. Hagen
PA-C

Emergency Medicine

Brianne R. Hall
PA-C

Emergency Medicine

Ryan Hall
D.O.

Emergency Medicine

Ivan P. Hart
APRN

Emergency Medicine

Thomas D. Heidewald
M.D.

Emergency Medicine

Elli E. House
APRN

Emergency Medicine

Bridgett M. Hout
APRN

Emergency Medicine Express Care

Molly Jane Hughes
PA-C

Emergency Medicine

Jordan M. Jurgens
M.D.

Emergency Medicine

Rachael L. Krob
M.D.

Emergency Medicine Hospitalist

James A. Lasseter
M.D.

Emergency Medicine

Rachel S. Luthi
APRN

Emergency Medicine

Lauren M. Marquess
PA-C

Emergency Medicine

Curtis M. McGeeney
M.D.

Emergency Medicine

Sabra J. Miller
APRN

Emergency Medicine

Sarah E. Muller
APRN

Emergency Medicine

James D. Novak
M.D.

Emergency Medicine

Brandon K. Pruitt
M.D.

Emergency Medicine

Sarah C. Sartain
M.D.

Emergency Medicine

Kevin D. Schierling
M.D.

Emergency Medicine

Michelle W. Schierling
M.D.

Emergency Medicine

Erin L. Schwartz
APRN

Emergency Medicine Express Care

Lindsay M. Schwartz
D.O.

Emergency Medicine

Julia M. Scott
D.O.

Emergency Medicine

Taylor L. Winter
PA-C

Emergency Medicine

Clayton M. Wood
D.O.

Emergency Medicine

Next Steps For Patients

Emergency Care

  • If you are having an emergency, call 911 or go directly to our Emergency Department.
  • If you are referred to a specialist at Stormont Vail, we encourage you to sign up for MyChart to get notes from your care provider, refill prescription and more.

See a Primary Care Provider

  • After you’re discharged from the Emergency Department, follow the discharge instructions and schedule a follow-up appointment with your primary care provider.

Check With Your Insurance

Before your appointment, check with your insurance company to learn about coverage. Click here for a list of Kansas Insurance Company phone numbers and websites.

MyChart

You can stay connected to Stormont Vail through our online portal, MyChart. The portal lets you schedule an E-Visit or appointment, renew prescriptions, view your medical records and test results, and contact your care team.

MyChart Login Learn More About MyChart

Next Steps For Referring Providers

  • If you need to transfer a patient to our emergency department,
    please call the transfer line (785)-354-6100.