Our Emergency Department is here to help 24 hours a day, every day, if you are seriously ill, injured or have a potentially life-threatening emergency. Most people experience very little wait time as our emergency room is large enough to serve you, but small enough to make you feel comfortable. On staff are local physicians, contracted emergency physicians and nurses who are certified in advanced cardiac life support (ACLS), pediatric advanced life support (PALS) and trauma care use of state-of-the-art equipment to provide emergency care for situations that include:
- Loss of consciousness
- Bleeding that won’t stop
- Chest or upper abdominal pain or pressure
- Sudden dizziness, weakness or change in vision
- Severe or persistent vomiting
- Sudden, severe pain
- Confusion or change in mental status
- Suicidal or homicidal feelings
- Coughing up or vomiting blood
- Severe weakness on one side of the body
- Possible poisoning or overdose
- Severe shortness of breath
- Severe reaction to an insect bite or medication
Ambulance services are also provided within Ringgold and surrounding counties 24 hours a day, seven days a week, to initiate medical care prior to arrival at the hospital. Operating as part of the Emergency Department at Ringgold County Hospital, we are well equipped to respond quickly with three ambulances, specialized equipment such as the ZOLL cardiac monitor and the capability to call Mercy One (Mercy DSM), or Life Flight (Methodist DSM) helicopters. Our first responder teams include professionals certified as EMTs, AEMTs or paramedics. Advanced level care is provided by AEMTs and paramedics in over 95% of emergency situations. We provide county 911 emergency coverage and transport to Ringgold County and other local hospitals, nearby hospitals out of state and local nursing homes, and Life Line services.
Call 911 if you are experiencing cardiac distress – common symptoms include shortness of breath, dull pressure mid-chest, pain radiating down left arm, pain into neck, jaw, or between shoulder blades and sudden onset of sweating. Life-saving emergency care can be started prior to arriving at the hospital.