Emergency Care

Jefferson Community Health Center’s Emergency Room is available to serve our community 24 hours a day, seven days a week, including weekends and holidays. Nurses staff the hospital at all times, and medical staff are on call at all times. Ancillary services (lab and xray) are also on call at all times.

Please enter at the Outpatient/Emergency entrance on the south side of the facility. A circle drive is available for easy drop off and pick up of patients. The outside vestibule door is always unlocked, allowing patients to get in out of the weather or cold. After normal outpatient clinic hours (general 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.) the interior door is locked. Please pick up the telephone to ring the nurses’ station and notify nursing that you are in need of emergency service.

The initial assessment of every patient who comes to the emergency room includes determining the history of the problem, assessing vital signs, physical assessment, medication history and medical history of any chronic condition. Once an initial assessment is done, the nurse will contact a physician or PA for their orders.

Some tips for the most effective use of emergency services:

  •  Call first. Staff may be able to give additional instructions or help to determine if an emergency visit is necessary.
  •  Bring your list of current medications, including prescription medication, over-the-counter medications and herbal medications.
  •  Know your health history and be ready to share it.
  •  Be ready to share what your symptoms are, when they started and how severe they are.

JCHC has two fully-equipped emergency/trauma rooms, and also uses outpatient clinic rooms to treat those with less traumatic needs.

If you have questions about emergency services at Jefferson Community Health Center, please contact Chief Nursing Officer Judy McGee RN or Chief Executive Officer Chad Jurgens.