Samaritan Hospital's emergency department is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year and serves everyone within our community and the surrounding region who requires emergency care. We are staffed by board-certified emergency physicians as well as midlevel practitioners. Our emergency department nursing staff is certified in advanced cardiac life support and pediatric life support, and each nurse holds trauma certification.
A triage nurse will assess you upon your arrival. He or she will take your blood pressure, pulse and temperature to better evaluate your condition. You will be asked questions about your medications and your current and past health. You will then be assigned a triage level; those with life-threatening illness or injuries are seen first.
After your triage assessment, you will be admitted and registered. We will need your picture ID and insurance information. We see all patients regardless of your medical insurance or your ability to pay. We can provide you with an application for financial assistance from the Washington State Department of Social and Health Services and an application for uncompensated care.
Your priority of treatment is based upon the severity of your illness, as determined by the triage nurse. You will be seen in the order of arrival time, unless you are determined to be seriously ill or unstable. Patients who are determined to be emergent will be taken to the treatment area immediately.
Family and friends are an important part of the care and healing process. Our emergency department is primarily dedicated to treatment, so there is only room for 2 visitors at a time.Back to top
Desiree Hamilton, Interim Director
Monday through Friday
6 a.m. to 3 p.m.
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