You can't see them coming, but accidents happen. That's why Southeastern Med is here for you. Southeastern Med cares for more than 30,000 patients annually in our Emergency Department.
Our emergency department gives you 24-hour access to our services which are provided by Board Certified physicians. Our emergency-trained physicians, physician assistants, nurses, technicians and paramedics are experienced in treating those in need of emergency care and dedicated to providing the most comprehensive and compassionate care as efficiently as possible. We also offer immediate access to local specialist physicians who remain on call to provide specialized care to those in need.
Our nurses and physicians use computerized charting to track your progress and ensure that you receive the best possible care always. Our electronic medical record system helps provide greater efficiencies, enhanced communication among our caregivers and your primary care physician, and ultimately provides further quality and patient safety improvements.
Southeastern Med has also joined the OhioHealth Stroke Network to bring rapid access to advanced stroke care to our community.
Being located at the crossroads of I-70 and I-77 make us accessible to a large population of individuals living in Southeastern Ohio and those traveling through to larger metropolitan areas. When a trauma situation arises Southeastern Med is here to provide immediate, comprehensive, and skilled medical and nursing care to the seriously injured patient. We stand prepared to assess, resuscitate, stabilize, provide intensive care for trauma patients or even initiate transfer as necessary to a high-level trauma care center.
Southeastern Med Emergency Department offers:
- 24/7 emergency care for adults and children
- Private patient rooms, most featuring flat-screen TVs
- Critical cases are seen immediately
- OhioHealth Stroke Network
- Direct access to cath lab
- CT scanner and digital radiography rooms
- Connection to our Electronic Medical Record system, ensuring that your ER doctor has instant access to your medical files
Use good judgment in deciding when to use emergency room services. Learn the signs of serious illness and trust your instincts. If you are alarmed by unusually severe symptoms, it is best to seek immediate care. In case of an emergency, dial 911. When possible, call your primary care physician and describe your symptoms. Your physician can tell you whether emergency treatment is necessary or if you need to be scheduled for a visit to their office.
After arrival in the emergency room, you will be triaged by one of our emergency nurses. Triage is a system of sorting that is based on giving treatment first to the patients who need it most. When you are brought into to the Emergency Department, a skilled triage nurse will start by conducting a brief exam. Based on this assessment, the nurse will decide what immediate steps should be taken.
Ensuring you are treated based on your clinical urgency is a priority for your triage nurse. You will be assigned to the best treatment area for your condition. As a result, you may not be taken to a treatment area in the order that you arrived. However, it is very important to us that you are seen as quickly as possible. If there are any changes in your condition or you have any questions while in the waiting room, check with the triage nurse or greeter.
For minor bumps, burns, sprains, strains, colds and coughs that don't require emergency-level attention, we also provide a Fast-Track department between the hours of 3:30 pm and 10:00pm which you may be directed to after being assessed by the triage nurse. Fast Track care is for patients whose medical needs can be handled relatively quickly.
What to Bring
Although emergencies make preparations difficult, we ask that you bring your insurance card and an updated list of all medications you’re taking. Our emergency services do come with a co-pay. If possible, review your insurance policies ahead of time to have a better idea of which services are going to be covered.
We hope that you'll never need our emergency care services, but, if you do, please know that you're in good hands at Southeastern Med.
Once a patient is placed in a treatment room, an emergency medicine physician will complete a thorough examination. The physician may decide to order clinical tests such as blood work, X-rays, a CT scan or an ultrasound. These testing procedures will take time and the patient will need to wait for the results before their physician can make a decision about proper treatment.
We encourage our patients to ask questions of the nurses and physicians on staff. We want to make every effort to keep patients and their families informed about their treatment.
Once testing is complete, the physician will contact the patient's primary care physician and/or any specialists required to determine if the patient can be discharged or should be admitted to the hospital. Emergency Department physicians do not admit patients to the hospital.
When patients are discharged from the Emergency Department, they will be given detailed instructions for follow-up care, along with any necessary prescriptions. It may be necessary to contact your primary care physician after discharge for a follow-up appointment.