24-Hour Emergency Department

Life is full of emergencies. From bike accidents to car accidents, and from the unexpected broken finger to the symptoms of a heart attack. Treating more than 40,000 patients each year, the Emergency Department at Memorial Hospital of Martinsville & Henry County is ready to treat emergencies across our region, no matter the size.

Staffed by board-certified emergency medicine physicians, registered nurses and specially trained support staff, the Emergency Department’s experienced team treats patients 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.

“Memorial Hospital is committed to providing high quality and compassionate emergency care to our community,” said Michael Ehrat, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Memorial Hospital. “An hour is often too far to drive in an emergency, so our Emergency Department is staffed with experienced medical professionals and the latest life-saving equipment to treat a range of different medical conditions, including heart attacks, strokes and trauma.” 

Physicians have trained at nationally recognized trauma centers and bring years of skill to the community. Nurses are ACLS (Advanced Cardiac Life Support) certified, and many are Certified Emergency Nurses (CEN) and trauma-certified (TNCC).

“We have made great strides over the past year in improving the quality and level of care for our community,” said Marcus Stone, RN, Director of the Emergency Department at Memorial Hospital. “Continuous improvement is always our goal, from decreasing wait times and increasing patient satisfaction scores, to enhancing our technology and services.”

Memorial Hospital is proud to share three new exciting programs in our Emergency Department that have increased the quality of care for patients and the community.

CarePoint System

Memorial Hospital and the United Way of Henry County and Martinsville recently combined forces to bring the CarePoint system to our local city and county EMS crews. This life-saving technology allows EMS crews to transmit vital patient information like EKGs from the field to the Emergency Department. ER physicians and staff can begin devising a treatment plan before the patient arrives at the hospital. In the event a patient is experiencing a heart attack, the hospital can secure necessary equipment, technology and specialists for immediate treatment, resulting in stronger outcomes for patients.

Chest Pain Accreditation

In 2014, Memorial Hospital received full accreditation status from the Society of Chest Pain Centers (SCPC), an international not-for-profit organization that focuses on transforming cardiovascular care by assisting facilities in their effort to create communities of excellence that bring together quality, cost and patient satisfaction. As a chest pain accredited center, Memorial Hospital has achieved a higher level of expertise in caring for patients who arrive with symptoms of a heart attack. The use of standardized diagnostic and treatment programs provides more efficient and effective evaluation, as well as more appropriate and rapid treatment of patients with chest pain and other heart attack symptoms.

 Duke TeleStroke Network

Every second counts – especially when it comes to stroke care. Memorial Hospital’s emergency department has partnered with the Duke TeleStroke Network to provide fast, real time access to Duke Medicine’s nationally recognized team of neurologists and stroke care specialists via real-time, telemedicine based technology.

When a patient showing signs and symptoms of a stroke enters the emergency room, neurology specialists at Duke can communicate with Memorial Hospital’s emergency room team, examine the patient, review imaging reports, confirm a diagnosis and provided recommendations for treatment, just as if they were at the bedside. The technology uses a five-foot life sized robot named “Lightning McBot”, which assists in providing a thorough examination with the most immediate and best treatment plan for the patient.

For more information about Memorial Hospital of Martinsville and Henry County and its emergency services, visit MartinsvilleHospital.com or call 276.666-7200.