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St. Joseph Hospital Emergency Care

Level III Trauma Designation, the Highest in Humboldt County

St. Joseph Hospital operates a full-service, 24-hour Emergency Department. The North Coast Emergency Medical Services (NCEMS) awarded St. Joseph Hospital with a Level III Trauma designation—the highest level trauma designation in the county. We are ready to provide you with quality care for any emergency medical need.

When seconds count, count on St. Joseph Hospital.

Our Humboldt County Emergency Department currently treats more than 25,000 patients per year, and each of our medical staff works to provide the best resource of medical emergency treatment to the community. Every nurse, physician, and emergency medical provider is prepared to care for patients who are critically injured or ill, as well as patients suffering from minor to severe injuries.

Emergency medicine services may include:

Adult Medical Emergency or Trauma
Pediatric Care Emergency or Trauma
Psychiatric Care
Cardiac Disease or Illness
Asthma or Respiratory Illness

Do you have an emergency medical situation? Contact our Emergency Department directly at (707) 269-4250.

Locations & Directions

What to Expect

If you are in need of emergency services, we want you to feel as comfortable as possible before coming to our Emergency Department. We strive to treat every patient to come through our doors as quickly as possible. Completely staffed by certified health care providers, our emergency and trauma service providers are fully equipped to meet the special needs of any emergency medical situation.

Things to keep in mind before coming to our offices:

  • If you have a private physician who has been treating you, we can send a complete report to your primary care physician
  • If you do not have a primary physician, we can refer you to a doctor who can provide you with excellent follow-up medical care
  • We allow families and friends to visit with patients during their evaluation and can keep them informed of your progress and treatment

The St. Joseph Emergency Department is available to evaluate and treat any workplace injury. Because the full services of the hospital are immediately available, there will be no risky delays if your injury turns out to be much more severe than you originally suspected. This is especially crucial for victims of back, spine, or head injuries.

Your Trusted Provider During any Emergency

The Emergency Department Physician can discuss all available test results with you. We encourage you to call back if you have any questions regarding your specific medical issue. We are available to answer any and all of your questions at any time, 24 hours a day, and 7 days a week.

ER or Urgent Care

Which to Use - ER or Urgent Care?

When to use Urgent Care:

The Urgent Care’s medical team can care for conditions or needs including:

  • Broken bones
  • Sprains
  • Ear infections
  • Sinus infections and sore throats
  • Colds and flu symptoms
  • Allergic reactions
  • Mild asthma
  • Fever or rash
  • Animal bites
  • Minor cuts and burns
  • Work-related injuries
  • Digital X-rays

When to use the ER:

Don’t take chances with any condition that may be more serious or life-threatening. If you or a loved one experiences symptoms of a heart attack, stroke, head injury, severe pain or bleeding, for example, go directly to the nearest hospital Emergency Room. The ER is better equipped to care for you in the event of:

  • Heart attack
  • Stroke
  • Severe, sudden pain
  • Severe bleeding
  • Head injuries and other traumatic injuries
  • Loss of consciousness/passing out
  • Severe trouble breathing
  • Chest pain
  • Sudden eyesight problems
    (blurriness or loss of vision)

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