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Emergency Department

Medina Regional Hospital's doors are always open. We are a level 4 trauma center with a nationally recognized emergency physicians group contracted to provide high-quality care to you and your loved ones. In an emergency, it is important to go to the nearest medical facility.

Medina Regional Hospital treated nearly 10,000 patients in its emergency department last year. As a level 4 trauma center, we can stabilize and treat or transfer to a higher level of care if necessary.

Is it an emergency?

Not every illness or injury requires a trip to the emergency department. Some less serious medical problems can be treated by your primary care doctor. But there are some conditions that require instant attention and an immediate trip to the hospital. Some common signs and symptoms of an emergency include:

  • Chest pain or upper abdominal pain or pressure that lasts two minutes or more.
  • Sudden changes in vision.
  • Uncontrolled bleeding.
  • Sudden or severe pain.
  • Difficulty breathing or speaking.
  • Sudden dizziness or weakness.
  • Severe or persistent vomiting or diarrhea.
  • Coughing or vomiting blood.
  • Suicidal or homicidal feelings.

What to expect

Knowing what to expect can help you be prepared and make your visit less stressful, according to the American College of Emergency Physicians.

Emergency departments do not operate on a first-come, first-served basis. Patients with critical injuries or illnesses are always given top priority. Emergency department doctors are committed to providing high-quality care, but the department is normally busy, and it may take some time for a doctor to see you if your condition is not critical. While waiting, if your condition or pain gets worse, it's important to tell the nurse.

It's a good idea to have health insurance information with you, and information about any current medications you are currently taking. You should also be prepared to tell the nurse about your medical history and any allergies you have. Children under 12 years old are not allowed in the patient care area unless they are the patient. Please do not bring multiple children if only one needs to be seen.

There is only one person allowed at the bedside at any given time. Cellphone use is not allowed in the patient care area. This is for the privacy of all of our patients.