Ionia County Memorial Hospital

479 Lafayette St. Ionia, Michigan  48846 

   1-616-527-4200

 

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Our Mission:  We are committed to improving and maintaining the health of the people of the communities we serve.

OUR EMERGENCY DEPARTMENT

"Here for you when you need us the most"

Ionia County Memorial Hospital's full service emergency department is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year and physician staffed at all times to treat serious injuries or dangerous symptoms.  Specially trained staff is available to provide high quality care when you need it the most.  Ionia County residents  have access to the level of emergency services-expertise available at a level-one trauma center — without having to travel to Lansing or Grand Rapids.

Through a partnership between Ionia County Memorial Hospital (ICMH) and Lansing-based Sparrow Health System, a physicians group that staffs Sparrow Hospital’s advanced emergency department now also provides care at ICMH’s emergency department.

The physicians providing care at ICMH’s emergency department belong to Emergency Medical Associates, PLLC (EMA), a group that formed in 1977. EMA provides services to the two emergency departments located in Lansing — Sparrow Hospital and St. Lawrence Hospital — and to Clinton Memorial Hospital in St. JohnsFor more information please see the press release.

The Emergency Department was expanded in 2000, which added two trauma rooms, three private rooms, a cast room and a family consultation room to the department, beside three bay beds.  We also have a decontamination room just inside the ambulance entrance.

The radiology, respiratory, and laboratory areas are just across the hall from the Emergency Department for convenient access to those in need of the additional services when they visit our ED.

An Important Message for patients of the Emergency Department

In many ways we are different from a physician’s office or walk-in clinic. We use a process called triage to make sure the most serious illnesses are treated first. The Emergency staff does not treat patients on a first-come, first-served basis. Upon your arrival at the Emergency Department, you will be seen by a nurse or nursing assistant, who will evaluate your condition and assign you a triage priority.

The priorities have the following meaning:

Priority 1
Life threatening condition that needs immediate medical attention (i.e. car accidents, heart attack, severe burns)

Priority 2
Urgent condition that is not life threatening (i.e. severe abdominal pain, shortness of breath, asthma, minor chest pain).

Priority 3
Minor medical conditions that require treatment. A delay in treatment will not cause the condition to worsen. (i.e. back pain, cough, cold, toothache, sore throats)

A patient who arrives after you, but is a higher priority, may be taken back to see the doctor before you. After you are seen by the nurse, you will return to the waiting area for registration.

The staff is here to help you. If your condition changes while in the waiting area, please let one of the staff members know.

If you have questions please call Emergency Department Manager, Connie Ankney, at 616-527-4200, ext. 285, cankney@ioniahospital.org

or Ricki Burk, VP of Patient Care at 616-527-4200, ext. 295.  rburk@ioniahospital.org

 

 

 

 

 

 
 

Last updated:  23 September, 2009 10:21 AM