For emergency medical care, call 911!
According to the American College of Emergency Physicians, the following warning signs indicate a medical emergency:
- Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath.
- Chest or upper abdominal pain or pressure.
- Fainting, sudden dizziness or weakness.
- Changes in vision.
- Difficulty speaking, confusion, changes in mental status.
- Any sudden or severe pain.
- Uncontrolled bleeding.
- Severe or persistent vomiting or diarrhea.
- Coughing or vomiting.
- Suicidal feelings.
Minor sports injuries and illnesses including fevers, ear infections flu and sprains can be diagnosed and treated by a primary care or urgent care physician.
High volumes. Highly effective. Our emergency department at Memorial Hospital is consistently one of the busiest in Colorado.
Our cardiac alert program has gained national attention for the average time it takes (60 minutes) for a cardiac patient to arrive at the hospital and have a wire inserted to remove a blockage. The national average is 90 minutes.
Our Level I Trauma Center designation
The State of Colorado has designated UCHealth Memorial Hospital Central as a Level I Trauma Center, making it one of only five hospitals in the state with the highest classification for trauma care.
A Level I distinction recognizes the hospital has the ability to treat severe and complex injuries. Key elements required to be a Level I trauma center include around-the-clock coverage by surgeons and prompt availability of specialists in orthopedics, neurosurgery and anesthesiology, among others.
Our Forensic Center of Excellence
Providing care for patients who experienced violence or are victims of abuse.
Memorial Central’s 3,700-square-foot Forensic Center of Excellence, adjacent to the Emergency Department, includes five exam rooms and a nurses’ station.
It also houses an expanding forensic telehealth program that supports more than a dozen rural hospitals and clinics across Colorado, ensuring patients who have experienced violence or abuse can receive care in or near their own communities.