Emergency Care

Any time, day or night, we're ready to help you in a medical emergency. Our teams of emergency medicine doctors, specialists and specialty-trained nurses, technicians, pharmacists, care managers and others work together to provide lifesaving treatments and personal care. Expect us to calm your stress, take care of you and your loved ones and support you after you leave.

Getting to the ER

If you have a serious or life-threatening emergency, call 911 immediately. Trained professionals can then begin treatment right away, even before you reach the hospital, and prepare the ER team for your arrival.

At times, you may need a higher level of care than is available in your local ER. That’s when you can rely on our resources and partnerships to transfer you quickly to the right experts.

Why choose St. James Healthcare for emergency care?

As the largest acute-care hospital in southwest Montana, our doctors have specialized training in emergency medicine. All our nurses are trained and certified in advanced cardiovascular life support (ACLS) and critical care.

Our emergency team members work together to provide the care you need from the minute you arrive. We’ll keep your visit smooth and fast by evaluating your situation, getting your test results and starting treatment right away.

Not all emergencies are the same

Some emergencies are more serious than others, and each patient has unique needs. Here are a few ways we provide special care to meet your needs:

  • Trauma – St. James’ Emergency Room is a Level III Trauma Center and is equipped to treat a variety of traumatic injuries, including head injuries, broken bones and other serious injuries.
  • Medical transport – If you or your loved one needs immediate medical care outside of the hospital, you can reach community emergency services such as the local fire department or ambulance company by calling 911. Trained professionals can then begin treatment right away, even before you reach the hospital. Should you need more advanced care after the emergency room, we may transfer you to another facility, either by an ambulance service or by air.

What to expect when you visit the ER

When you arrive in the ER, you’ll be assessed by a member of our emergency care staff so we can learn about your injury or illness. Following this assessment, you’ll check in at our registration desk to provide any information we need to treat you, like ordering appropriate tests. The severity of your injury or illness will determine the order in which you’re seen by ER staff.

Learn what to bring and what to expect when you go to one of our emergency care centers.

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