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Emergency room in Harker Heights, TX

The doctors and nurses at Seton Medical Center Harker Heights provide 24-hour emergency care to support you and your loved ones when you need it most. As a designated Level IV Trauma Center, Primary Stroke Center, and Chest Pain Center, our emergency room (ER) provides lifesaving emergency medical services you can depend on. Our ER is staffed by board-certified physicians who are prepared to offer comprehensive treatments for traumatic injuries, stroke, and heart attacks. We also offer a Fast Track area for less critical conditions, and our orthopedic doctors are available for patients who have had serious falls or injuries to the knees and hips. Whether you need trauma care or surgery for an emergency orthopedic condition, we’re here to help.

Emergency Care

Accredited Emergency Care

Our hospital has numerous designations and accreditations that speak to our ability to provide exceptional, individualized care to every patient that enters our emergency room. As a designated Level IV Trauma Center, we offer advanced trauma life support and access to specialized equipment to treat injured patients. Our staff has training in recognizing, caring for, and stabilizing traumatic injuries.

We are also proud to be a recipient of The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval and the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Heart-Check Mark certification for Advanced Certification for Primary Stroke Centers. Both of these awards exemplify our ability to provide the highest quality stroke and heart care available in Harker Heights, Texas. Our hospital underwent rigorous onsite reviews to earn these awards, including evaluations of compliance and stroke-related standards and requirements.

As an Accredited Chest Pain Center recognized by the American College of Radiology, we offer leading-edge technology and the best practices in cardiology to ensure you receive exceptional heart care. Receiving the right heart care at the right time can reduce your time to treatment during the critical first few stages of a heart attack. Our cardiologists offer timely and accurate diagnoses to accelerate your recovery and get you back to living a full, healthy life as soon as possible.

Features of our ER

Our emergency room offers many amenities and features, including:

  • Cardiac catheterization lab
  • Comfortable waiting room
  • Critical care unit
  • Emergency obstetric care
  • Emergency orthopedic surgery
  • Emergency urologic services
  • Emergency surgery
  • Fast Track ER
  • Private rooms in the main ER
  • Surgical treatments

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

Emergency conditions we treat

With a team of experts that includes emergency medicine physicians, hospitalists, and surgeons, our ER delivers fast, effective emergency services for a wide range of illnesses, injuries, and conditions. We regularly treat the following symptoms and conditions:

  • Abdominal pain
  • Abscesses
  • Broken bones
  • Burns and lacerations
  • Chest pain – angina and myocardial infarction (heart attack)
  • Diabetes and its associated comorbidities
  • Gastrointestinal bleeding
  • Heart failure
  • Infections
  • Major head and bodily injuries
  • Orthopedic and rheumatologic issues
  • Respiratory diseases and pneumonia
  • Seizures
  • Severe respiratory illnesses/complications
  • Stroke – cerebrovascular accidents
  • Suicidal thoughts or ideation

When to visit the ER

There are many reasons you or a loved one might need to visit an emergency room. The following symptoms and conditions may indicate a need for emergency medical care:

  • Any sudden or severe pain
  • Confusion or changes in mental status
  • Coughing or vomiting blood
  • Difficulty breathing, shortness of breath
  • Difficulty speaking
  • Fainting, sudden dizziness, weakness
  • Gastrointestinal bleeding
  • Serious cuts and wounds (lacerations)
  • Severe or persistent vomiting or diarrhea
  • Sharp, sudden chest pain
  • Stroke (cerebrovascular accidents)
  • Sudden changes to your vision
  • Sudden shortness of breath/respiratory issues
  • Uncontrolled bleeding
  • Unusual abdominal pain

If you are experiencing any of these emergency symptoms, please call 911.