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Emergency department

When you're dealing with a medical emergency, there's no time to waste. In the Berger Health System emergency department at Berger Hospital, we understand that. On average, patients see a doctor in our hospital within 19 minutes of arrival. And the care you'll receive in our emergency department is truly exceptional.

ER expertise

The nurses, physicians and technicians at Berger Hospital's emergency department are specially trained to handle emergencies 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. We support that team by investing in the most technologically advanced medical equipment available.

The combination of a well-trained staff and state-of-the-art equipment makes our emergency room a top choice when people have medical emergencies. Every year, we treat more than 28,000 people. That's nearly half the population of Pickaway County.

Award-winning emergency care

In 2015, Berger Hospital was verified as an Emergency Center of Excellence by the organization Emergency Excellence. This group assesses over 100 key performance indicators when ranking emergency departments all across the nation. An award is only verified after an on-site assessment.

This is the third time Berger Hospital has been verified. That puts our emergency room in an elite group of high-performing hospitals in the United States.

What to expect in our emergency room

Emergency departments, including ours at Berger Hospital, are designed to help people who have traumatic injuries or major illnesses. This is the place people come when their conditions could cost them their lives. As a result, our staff is trained to prioritize care, so people who are most at risk are served first.

When you enter our emergency department, a registered nurse will assess your condition through a process called triage. You'll be asked questions regarding:

  • Chronic illnesses you may have.
  • Allergies.
  • Daily medications you use.
  • Recent activities.
  • Any other information that may help in administering care.

Depending on the severity of your injury or illness, you may be taken to the treatment area immediately. Or you might be asked to complete the registration process while we attend to other people with immediate needs.

Using the emergency department in the right way could, in some cases, save you time. For example, if you have a minor injury or illness, consider contacting your family provider before heading to the emergency room.

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