Emergency Department

Emergency Department

24/7 Emergency Care

Around-the-clock emergency care is available at Hutchinson Regional Medical Center’s Emergency Department, a trusted trauma care destination for a large area of central Kansas. Each year we help as many as 27,000 patients in moments of crisis — from stroke and cardiac emergencies to injuries resulting from accidents and falls. We hope you will not be in a situation that may require these services but encourage you to read through the following information to be prepared in the event of an emergency. If you or anyone you know is having a medical emergency, please dial 9-1-1.

Do I Need Emergency Care?

  • Fever, colds, or flu
  • Vomiting or diarrhea
  • Sore throat or cough
  • Sprains or strains
  • Ear or sinus pain
  • Minor cuts or burns
  • Checkups and shots
  • Preventative Care
  • Non-life threatening illnesses or injuries
  • When a primary care physician is unavailable
  • Chest pains
  • Trouble breathing
  • Head or eye injuries
  • Deep cuts or serious burns
  • Severe abdominal pain
  • Loss of consciousness
  • Broken bones

A Level III Trauma Center

Hutchinson Regional Medical Center is a Level III Trauma Center, providing prompt assessment, resuscitation, emergency operations, and stabilization of patients. Our team can also arrange for possible transfers to a higher-level facility for additional trauma care. The Kansas Trauma System guides first responders and healthcare professionals in providing patients the most appropriate resources based on the nature of the injury, ensuring that each patient receives the best care possible.

Providing Critical Care in Critical Situations

No matter the situation, your arrival at Hutchinson Regional Medical Center puts you in touch with a wide range of medical services for all types of conditions. For more information about specific conditions, please follow these links:

How We Can Best Help You

While no one can fully prepare for a visit to the emergency department, the following information will help our team care for you throughout your visit:

  • List of all current medications
  • Medication and environmental allergies and how they affect you
  • Pregnancy, breastfeeding, or other current conditions
  • Preferred religious, cultural, and social support needs

Our Code of Behavior

Hutchinson Regional Medical Center’s policy of zero tolerance for violence helps keep our patients, relatives, and staff safe in the Emergency Department. Acts of violence, swearing, or threats of verbal abuse will NOT be tolerated. Anyone who is violent or abusive will be asked to leave by our staff, security personnel, or police.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

The team at Hutchinson Regional Medical Center’s Emergency Department wants you to know we are here to serve you. Here are some of the most common questions we receive:

Patients are not seen according to time they arrive in the ED. Regardless of how you arrive – by ambulance, walk-in or sent by Urgent Care or your doctor – the most critically injured or ill patients are seen first. Our goal is to provide you with prompt care, but if patient volume is high, you may have to wait. You may also have to wait for procedures such as x-rays and lab test, and for results which have to be reviewed.

If you are in pain, tell a team member at the front desk. They will help assess your need for pain relief. If you feel you are getting sicker please tell the front desk clerk immediately.

You will be kept informed of your progress by our staff. If at any time you don’t know what is happening, please ask! You should always know what is happening next. If you are waiting and feel the need to step outside, please tell the receptionist.

Depending on your illness or injury conditions in the Emergency Department, visitors may be limited to immediate family. Generally, patients may have two visitors at a time. During the COVID-19 crisis, visitors to the emergency department are limited.

Please do not eat or drink anything until you speak to a nurse, because you may need an operation or test which requires an empty stomach. Also, please check with a nurse prior to using the restroom in case a specimen is needed to assist in your diagnosis.

When you are registered you will be asked to provide a picture ID, insurance cards, current address, phone number, emergency contact, and a co-pay or deposit for services. Separate bills will be mailed to you for treatment and physician services.

Yes, and it is very important that you understand and follow these directions. If you have a question about the instructions, please ask! Patients are responsible for their own care after leaving the hospital and are strongly encouraged to arrange follow-up appointments with their family doctor.

If you have a concern during the course of your visit, please speak with a staff member so that we may address it before you leave. You may receive a follow-up call from a member of the Emergency Department or hospital staff. A follow up call will be made shortly after your visit. If you have questions or concerns, call Guest Services at 620-513-3866 at any time. Your constructive feedback helps us provide the best care possible.