Emergency

Community Hospital Emergency Room
2351 G Road
Grand Junction, CO 81505
(970) 644-3100

In an emergency, every minute counts. At the Community Hospital emergency department, this not only means quality medical care, it also means prompt, personalized attention to our patients' emotional and spiritual needs.

Our emergency room staff sets high standards and we are well prepared to meet your emergency care needs. We have board certified physicians and emergency trained nurses in our facility 24 hours a day, seven days a week. We are ready to provide quality emergency medical care to you and your family.

What to Expect

Coming to an emergency room can be an anxious and confusing time. Here is an overview of the four important steps patients can expect during a visit to the Community hospital emergency department:

  1. Triage: Upon arrival, the patient is seen by a triage nurse who prioritizes care needs based on the complaint or injury and number of resources the patient will require for care.

  2. Registration: A registration clerk takes basic information about the patient.

  3. Medical Care: If a room is available, the patient is taken to an exam room for treatment. If a room is not available, the patient is asked to wait in the waiting room until one is available. Patients may not be seen in the order in which they arrived. Life threatening emergencies are seen immediately.

  4. Discharge: If the patient is not admitted to the hospital, they will receive after-care instructions to follow at home. It is important that the patient understands and follows these instructions and the follow-up care information.

Level 4 Trauma Center

The Community Hospital emergency department is certified by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment as a level 4 trauma center. We provide surgical and critical care services as defined by the level 4 scope of trauma care services.

Most importantly, trauma-trained nurses and board certified physicians are immediately available upon the patients’ arrival in the emergency department. We provide evaluation, diagnostic testing, stabilization, which includes procedures or surgery when needed, and if necessary, transfer to a higher level of care.

Certified Emergency Nurse (CEN)
The designation CEN is certification specific to emergency nursing. Meeting the CEN qualifications takes years of nursing experience and successful completion of the examination, which measures nursing knowledge that is pertinent to emergency care. The Community Hospital emergency department is well on its way to the goal of having all our emergency department nurses complete the CEN certification.

Hospitals that have CENs on staff have better patient outcomes, have higher success in patient education, and display a higher level of education in their field.

Emergency Department Techs
The role of the emergency department technician is critical to quality patient care and the smooth operation of the emergency department. The techs currently working in the Community Hospital emergency department are also employed with local EMS agencies. This added experience means they are IV certified, they can assist with critical situations, and they have field trauma experience.

Colorado Indigent Care Program (CICP)
This Colorado program helps people with low income and limited assets pay their medical bills. To be eligible you must be a Colorado resident, U.S. citizen or documented alien, and not qualify for Medicaid. To obtain coverage for the medical care you receive, you must apply for CICP within 90 days of your hospital date of service. Call our financial counselors at (970) 256-6293 for more information.

Financial Counseling
We see everyone that comes to our emergency department for care, regardless of ability to pay. We do have financial counselors to assist you.

While we hope that you are never in need of emergency care, we want you to know that we are here and we care.

For more information call the ED desk at (970) 644-3100.

Call 911 if you need immediate help.