St. Joseph Regional Medical Center provides a 24-hour Emergency Department staffed by our team of highly skilled, board-certified emergency medicine physicians and emergency nurses certified in trauma, emergency pediatrics, and advanced cardiac life support.
St. Joseph Regional Medical Center's emergency department has achieved Level III Trauma Center status through the State of Washington. This means we maintain the staffing and resources necessary for treating most major injuries. We receive patients from smaller Idaho and eastern Washington hospitals that aren't as well-suited to handle severe traumas, and we provide outreach for rural emergency medical service groups.
Whether you’re facing a life-threatening medical condition such as a heart attack or an urgent but less severe problem, such as a broken bone, our team is here for you and your family to provide rapid, comprehensive, and excellent care. Our ER physicians have a wide range of specialists available to them 24 hours a day including:
We earned our accreditation from the American College of Cardiology, meaning we meet or exceed quality of care measures for your patients who may be having a heart attack or other cardiac event.
The national benchmark for obtaining and interpreting an EKG is 10 minutes. At 8 minutes, St. Joe's consistently outperforms this benchmark, which facilitates early diagnosis of a heart attack for patients coming directly to our ED.
We understand that every minute counts when you're experiencing a heart attack. National standards encourage a door-to-balloon time (the time between first medical contact and the opening of a blocked artery) of 90 minutes or less. At St. Joe’s, our average door-to-balloon time is consistently less than 60 minutes, and we've taken patients door-to-balloon in as little as 11 minutes.
Our designation as a Primary Stroke Center, through the State of Washington, means that we follow the best practices for stroke care and tailor our interventions to individual patient needs. Our targeted, quality program is dedicated to saving lives, and minimizing disability and the damaging effects related to stroke.