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Emergency Services

Emergency ServicesThe Emergency Department at Sacred Heart Hospital is a specialized department designed for patients with acute illnesses or injuries. The physicians, nurses, and staff in the Emergency Department are specially trained to care for emergency conditions.

The Emergency Department is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and accepts all patients. We understand that visiting the Emergency Department is not an enjoyable experience, but it may help to know how the Emergency Department operates and what you can expect to happen while you are here.

Under a special collaboration, emergency specialists from Lehigh Valley Health Network treat patients in Sacred Heart’s Emergency Department and work closely with referring physicians and Sacred Heart’s nurses, technicians and staff.

Operationally, clinical- and evidence-based protocols provide more seamless emergency services. Team-based protocols have been developed for many conditions, including but not limited to pneumonia, stroke, and diabetic ketoacidosis. Depending on a patient’s complaints and severity of symptoms, all Emergency Department physicians and support staff follow the established protocols to ensure that everyone is aware of what is occurring in regards to a patient’s care.

The arrangement provides a comparable level of care between Sacred Heart Hospital and Lehigh Valley Health Network, provides access to high-quality emergency services to patients in and around downtown Allentown, and gives patients access to more specialists.

Our Staff
The Emergency Department at Sacred Heart Hospital is a state-of-the-art facility that offers exceptional care. Our Emergency Department physicians are board certified in areas such as emergency medicine, pediatrics, and internal medicine.

Our Emergency Department nurses are certified in emergency nursing, advanced cardiac life support (ACLS), pediatric advanced life support (PALS), neonatal advanced life support (NALS), and advanced life support in obstetrics (ALSO).

Conditions We Treat
Commonly treated emergency conditions include:

  • stroke
  • heart attack
  • chest pain
  • respiratory distress
  • seizure
  • pneumonia
  • orthopedic injuries
  • diabetes-related conditions
  • injury from motor vehicle accidents
  • lacerations
  • congestive heart failure (CHF)
  • chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
  • pregnancy-related conditions
  • pediatric care
  • behavioral health
  • hypertension

Treatment
If you are suffering from an emergency medical condition, Sacred Heart Hospital’s staff and facilities will provide the treatment necessary to stabilize your condition. If the hospital lacks the capability to stabilize your condition, Sacred Heart Hospital will arrange to have you transferred to another facility that can appropriately stabilize your condition.

Ability to Pay
You will receive emergency medical services regardless of your ability to pay. We treat all patients regardless of health insurance coverage, Medicare coverage, or Medicaid coverage.

Contact Us
For more information about the Emergency Department, please call 610-776-4622.

To learn more about Sacred Heart Hospital’s Emergency Department, please click on the links at left.

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