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Gritman’s emergency services are always open and ready to handle a wide range of medical and trauma cases. If you have a medical emergency, please call 911.
Our emergency physicians, nurses and technicians have all gone through extensive training to provide immediate, comprehensive and sophisticated emergency care. We accept all patients, regardless of ability to pay.
For you or your loved one to get checked in as quickly as possible, a staff member will ask for the patient’s full name and date of birth. More registration information will be gathered later in the visit after the patient has been seen by a clinical staff member.
With wait times well below the national average, our emergency staff sees that each patient is assessed and taken to a room as quickly as possible. If you are able, please bring a list of current medications.
In rare situations, we may transfer a patient to another hospital for a higher level of care. Our doctors and staff work closely with specialists in Spokane, Coeur d’Alene and other hospitals as required. These hospitals often receive patients needing critical, specialized attention. Common reasons for transfer include emergent cardiac catheterization, advanced treatment for stroke and complex trauma cases.
Our emergency department is directly connected by elevator to our state-of-the-art helipad. If air ambulance services are required, helicopters are able to quickly and safely move the patient to another facility.
We cannot diagnose or give medical advice over the phone. If you have questions about a medical condition, please contact your physician or visit the Emergency Department in person.
Tom Newhof was surprised by the expression on his wife’s face as he tried to tell her his right arm was numb.
“She had this horrified look because what was coming out of my of mouth was alphabet soup,” Tom said.
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