Emergency Department

Emergency Department

The Emergency Department at Seton Medical Center Harker Heights (SMCHH) provides immediate access to life-saving support services, 24 hours a day 365 days a year.  Designated as a Level IV Trauma Center, Primary Stroke Center and Chest Pain Center, the ED is staffed with board certified physicians and highly trained staff and nurses that provide exeptional critical-care services to our community. 

All patients coming to the ED will register at a single location and be assessed by a registered nurse. Depending on the patient need, a patient with less-urgent issues will be put on the Fast Track and critical patients will be taken to a room in the main ED.  This process means less wait time and more specialized care for you.

SMCHH ED Fast Track – the “Express Lane”

The SMCHH ED Fast track is an area set up to treat less critical emergencies. It’s an extension of our emergency room designed to care for minor emergencies such as the flu, lacerations or rashes, to be treated in a comfortable and convenient setting.

SMCHH ED Results Waiting Area

The SMCHH ED Results Waiting Area is a comfortable space where patients are placed while they wait for test results after they are seen in a an ED patient room.  This watiing area is furnished with comfrotable recliners and a television to provide a relaxing atmosphere.  

Emergency Care close to home

SMCHH ED provides exceptional, attentive family-friendly care to those we serve.  

  • Private rooms in the main ED.
  • Fast Track – designed to care for minor emergencies in a comfortable, convenient setting.
  • Access to life-saving support services including the Cardiac Cath Lab, Critical Care Unit, Surgical, and Obstetric services.
  • Fully-credentialed Orthopedic Surgeons are on staff for serious falls or injuries to the knees and hips.
  • Exceptional General Surgeons are available for surgical needs.


Level IV Trauma Center

SMCHH is a designated Level IV Trauma Center.  The ED provides advanced trauma life support and access to specialized equipment to treat injured patients.  THe ED staff received specialized training th erecognition, care and stabilization of patients with traumattic injuries.  SMCHH partners with the Central Texas Regional Advisory Council to enhance care and provide educational opportunities to the staff and community. 

Awarded Advanced Certification as a Primary Stroke Care Center

We are proud to announce that we have earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® and the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Heart-Check mark for Advanced Certification for Primary Stroke Centers. The Gold Seal of Approval® and the Heart-Check mark represent symbols of quality from their respective organizations. We provide the next generation of stroke care and have met and will continue to maintain The Joint Commission’s high standards in providing stroke care. We underwent a rigorous onsite review where the Joint Commission experts evaluated compliance with stroke-related standards and requirements, including program management, the delivery of clinical care and performance improvement. 

Accredited Chest Pain Center

As an Accredited Chest Pain Center Seton uses the newest methods and best practices in heart care to ensure that our patients receive: Right care at the right time to reduce time to-treatment during the critical first stages of a heart attack. Timely and accurate diagnoses to reduce the disruption to your life and get you back home as soon as possible.

Call 911 if you have chest pains and suspect you are having a heart attack.  Survive. Don’t Drive.

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