Emergency and Trauma
When seconds count, you can count on Providence St. Joseph Hospital Eureka. Our Emergency Department (ED) is always ready should you find yourself facing an unexpected illness or injury.
We are a Level III trauma center — the highest-level trauma center in the county. Every year we treat more than 26,000 adults and children. Whether you’re critically injured or ill and need lifesaving care or you have a minor condition that requires prompt medical attention, we’re here for you.
We know it can be stressful when you or a loved one need emergency treatment. Our caring team works to provide you the finest medical care and to do so as quickly as possible. We also offer emotional support and do what we can to lessen your anxiety and worry. At Providence, we care for you in body, mind and spirit.
Any time you have a condition that could be serious or life-threatening, you should go to the nearest emergency department. Our ED is equipped to care for you for many conditions, including:
- Head injuries
- Heart attack
- Chest pain or discomfort
- Pain or discomfort in one or both arms or shoulders
- Pain or discomfort in your jaw, neck or back
- Shortness of breath
- Weakness, lightheadedness or feeling faint
- Loss of consciousness
- Severe bleeding
- Severe trouble breathing
- Severe, sudden pain
- Arm weakness
- Facial drooping
- Slurred speech
- Sudden confusion
- Sudden numbness or weakness of your face, arm or leg, especially on one side of your body
- Sudden trouble seeing
- Sudden trouble walking
- Traumatic injuries
Our providers are ready for any emergency medical situation, including workplace injuries. Seeking emergency treatment — especially for back, spine and head injuries — will help you avoid risky delays if your injury is more severe than you initially suspected.
We strive to treat everyone who comes through our doors as quickly as possible. However, we do treat those with the most serious conditions first, so you may not receive treatment in the order in which you arrived.
Please also be aware of the following:
- We allow families and friends to visit with patients during their evaluation, and we can keep them informed of your progress and treatment.
- The ED doctor can discuss all available test results with you. We encourage you to contact us if you have any questions after your discharge.
- If you have a primary care doctor, we can send the doctor a complete report of your ED visit.
- If you do not have a primary care doctor, we can refer you to a doctor who can provide follow-up care.