Emergency Department

The emergency departments of our two campuses is one of the busiest areas, utilizing the resources of the entire hospital.It offers state-of-the-art equipment, along with a highly skilled staff, poised to handle any situation at any moment, 24 hours a day.

The hospital's emergency departments care for trauma patients, critical care patients, individuals involved in accidents, stroke victims, heart attack victims, those with broken bones, people requiring stitches and sick children in the middle of the night. Staff is well-trained and prepared to handle it all - and sometimes, simultaneously.

Emergency department staff is able to manage a variety of traumatic and critical care situations due to its specialized training. This training includes:

  • ACLS - advanced cardiac life support
  • PALS - pediatric advanced life support
  • ATLS - advanced trauma life support
  • TNCC - trauma nurse core course
  • ENPC - emergency nurse pediatric course
  • ABLS - advanced burn life support

The hospital's staff is accustomed to dealing with a variety of serious situations. In fact, the ED handles life-threatening, critical care and trauma on a regular basis (roughly 900 per year; 1/3 of which are trauma cases). ED staff assesses and manages patient care when there is limited time to treat. The hospital's role is to provide initial, life-saving care that offers patients time to get to a trauma, heart, burn or stroke center.

Many patients can be treated and then released; but some require additional, specialized and immediate medical care. For those patients, our main facility and the Ticonderoga Campus is in a unique position with a very unique and critical role: to assess and stabilize the patients so that they can survive transport to a trauma center or other facility that can provide the specific type of care required.

ED staff assesses and manages patient care when key information may not be available and there is limited time to treat. The hospitals are linked to UVMHN in Burlington via its high-tech telemedicine capabilities. During a trauma, pediatric emergency, stroke or other critical care case, the physicians confer with trauma teams at UVM (a level 1 trauma center).

The emergency department also provides additional services such as:


Holter monitor application

Outpatient cardiac monitoring

Pulmonary function studies

The hospital's emergency departments ensures that residents of the area, along with visitors through the region have access to a facility ready to help them through any situation, 24 hours a day.