Columbus Community Hospital is staffed 24 hours a day, seven days a week with trained nursing staff and physicians to provide excellent emergency care. We are a designated Level IV Trauma Center by the Texas Department of Health with specific training in trauma nursing. In addition, we are trained in ACLS (Advanced Cardiac Life Support) and PALS (Pediatric Advanced Life Support). Our Medical Director is Board Certified in Emergency Medicine and provides oversight of our Emergency Room physicians staffed by Concord Medical Group.
If you are experiencing a life threatening symptom or injury, signs of stroke or heart attack, please dial 911 or go to the nearest emergency room immediately.
What to Expect with your visit to the Emergency Room
A trip to the Emergency Room can be stressful and scary. A few minor preparations can help your visit go smoothly.
Bring support. If you can, have a trusted friend or family member accompany you to the ER. This person can not only help you explain your condition to the ER staff, but they can also help you to understand and remember important medical information.
Honestly describe your illness- and don’t be afraid to use details. Any and all information regarding your condition may help ER staff make an accurate diagnosis and begin treatment quicker.
Be prepared to wait. In the ER, patients are seen by doctors according to the severity of their symptoms, not in the order of arrival. Being prepared to wait for your turn may decrease feelings of stress and anxiety.
Don’t be afraid to ask. During your visit to the ER, don’t be afraid to ask the physicians, nurses or staff if you do not understand. Tests, procedures, your diagnosis and even follow-up care instructions can be confusing.
What to Bring
If you are able to collect these without delay in seeking care, please bring the following items with you to the ER:
- Contact information for your personal doctors;
- Detailed medical history and current condition information, including dates of major surgeries;
- Medication List – Names, dosages, and how often you are currently taking any prescription or over-the-counter medications, vitamins or dietary supplements
- List of medication and food allergies;
- Health insurance card and Photo ID
- Comfort items such as a favorite blanket, book or toy for your child.