Emergency Services

If You Need Emergency Treatment, Please Call 911.

Emergency Department

No one can predict an emergency. However, when trauma or illness demands urgent medical attention, you do not need to worry—or guess—about where to seek help. Stephens County Hospital’s Emergency Department is fully-equipped to meet your needs, with an emergency medicine physician on-site 24/7.

The Stephens County Hospital Emergency Department includes 16 beds. Our staff includes ACLS-certified nurses, certified Emergency Nurses, as well as Nurse Practitioners offering services 12 hours per day, 7 days per week. Most registered nurses have completed a trauma nurse core course.

EMS (Emergency Medical Services)

In an emergency, every minute counts in providing the best care. At Stephens County Hospital, this not only means quality medical care at the hospital, but also whenever emergencies occur throughout our communities. As the operator of the county’s emergency medical service (EMS), we respond to all area 911 calls for medical assistance. We have 27 EMS providers and 3 advanced life support medic units (ambulances). Stephens County EMS responded to over 4,000 calls in 2012.

Learn The Signs Of Heart Attacks And Strokes

Signs of a Heart Attack

The signs of a heart attack may occur quickly and be extremely painful, but they may also be vague, come-and-go, or start slowly and develop over days or weeks:

Chest pain or discomfort – mild or strong; feels like pressure, fullness or pain
Pain or discomfort in one or both arms, back, neck, jaw or stomach
Shortness of breath – feels like you can’t get enough air
Nausea and/or vomiting
Dizziness or feeling faint
Breaking out in a cold sweat
Women may have the same symptoms but they’re more likely than men to have shortness of breath, nausea or vomiting and pain in the back, neck or jaw. Women may also experience:
Extreme tiredness or fatigue
Loss of appetite
Coughing
Heart flutters

Signs of a Stroke

Treatment administered within the first three hours significantly increases the chance of recovering from a stroke with little or no disability. Some people may not realize they’re having a stroke, so they need you to recognize their symptoms. Think FAST:

Face – facial droop or weakness (example: uneven smile)
Arms – numbness or weakness on one side of the body
Speech – slurred speech, trouble speaking or understanding
Time – call 9-1-1 immediately. If you’ve gone 3 hours without medical treatment after a stroke, doctors may be limited in how your stroke may be treated.

Learn the signs…never wait…call 911 immediately if you suspect a heart attack or stroke.