Emergency Medicine

Important Notice

If you have a medical emergency, call 911 or go to the nearest emergency room immediately. Examples of life-threatening emergencies include: 

  • injuries to the head, back or neck
  • severe eye injury
  • not breathing or shortness of breath
  • wheezing, facial swelling from allergic reaction
  • near drowning
  • unconscious, semi-conscious, or unusually confused
  • uncontrolled bleeding, coughing or vomiting blood
  • chest pain or pressure for more than 3-5 minutes
  • poisoning or drug overdose
  • first-time seizure or multiple seizures
  • fracture with bone deformity or bone exposure
  • severe abdominal pain

Remember, when in doubt, call 911. Use this service only if you are certain you can safely wait at home with no risk to your health. 

When Every Moment Matters...

The Saint Francis Emergency Department is a leader in the care of:

  • Trauma* 
  • Stroke** 
  • Heart attack*** 
  • Urgent Care 

Physician Transfer ServiceTreatment of serious, as well as non-life-threatening emergencies, is provided by board-certified physicians, physician assistants and nurse practitioners. Nurses receive specialty certifications in emergency nursing and trauma care.  The department also supports an active toxicology program for the treatment of accidental and intentional poisonings and medication complications or interactions. Sexual assault victims receive specialized care from SANE-certified nurses (Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners).

Urgent Care through Medical Express

For treatment of minor emergencies, illnesses, and injuries requiring urgent care, the Medical Express Unit, or Med-X, offers 10 private treatment rooms. Patients with minor lacerations, sprains, coughs, sore throats or other ailments can find the urgent care they need while bypassing the emergency room. Minor emergency and non-emergency patients in need of urgent care can also shorten their time in the waiting room by checking in online through our InQuicker service.  

The Saint Francis Emergency Department is located at 231 Ashley Street, just around the corner from the main hospital entrance. Parking is free in an adjacent lot.


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*Recognized as a Trauma Center by the American College of Surgeons 

**Recognized as a Stroke Center by The Joint Commission 

***Heart attack (STEMI) patients receive advanced cardiac care in collaboration with the Hoffman Heart and Vascular Institute of Connecticut. Our average door-to-balloon (angioplasty) time is among the fastest in the nation (average door-to-balloon time [DTB] is 67 minutes and we meet federal targets of less than 90 minutes 97% of the time).  

Service Line Leaders

C. Steven Wolf, M.D.,Chairman/Director, Emergency Department and Service Line Physician Leader
C. Steven Wolf, M.D.
Physician Leader
 
Patti LaMonica
Patti LaMonica
RN, MSN
Executive Director
 

More about Emergency Medicine
at Saint Francis (pdf)
 

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