Valley General Hospital is a designated and certified level IV trauma center and we are continually monitored with regulations and guidelines set by the Washington State Department of Health. Valley General’s emergency department sees more than 20,000 patients a year and that number will continue to grow with the development of the surrounding communities.
At Valley General, we are able to see and stabilize any patient who comes to our emergency department. If need be, once stabilized by our board-certified emergency physicians (some health care facilities do not require their physicians to be board-certified) and support staff, a patient may then be transferred to a higher level trauma center.
Our excellent nursing staff members offer the best in patient care and are trained in advanced cardiac support, pediatric advanced life support and trauma core course certified.
Valley General offers a Fast Track service in our emergency department. This area is dedicated to treating only patients with less severe illnesses and injuries. The Fast Track area is designed to allow patients to be seen, treated and released more quickly than if seen in the standard emergency area. If your illness requires a more extensive work-up including labs and x-rays you will be seen in the regular emergency department area.
Upon arrival at Valley General Hospital’s emergency department patients are evaluated by a triage nurse, and then admitted to the hospital, depending on the current condition of the patient and room availability in the emergency department.
Once you have been treated and are ready to go home, you will receive specific discharge instructions that will give you information on any medications you will need to take and any follow up care you will need to receive.
Never drive to the hospital if you are experiencing chest pain, especially if it accompanied by shortness of breath or sweating.
If you are having difficulty breathing or any other symptoms that cause serious concern call 911. It is much safer than trying to get yourself or a loved one to the hospital.