About the Emergency Department

Every day, about 200 people choose Memorial’s emergency department for urgent medical care.

We offer you comprehensive Emergency care with services you will not find anywhere else. The Regional Burn Center at Memorial is the only dedicated burn center in downstate Illinois and one of only three such facilities in Illinois. Our Stroke Center is nationally recognized for safety, quality and strong outcomes.

Our facilities are designed to accommodate more than 60,000 emergency visits annually. To make sure each patient receives the individual care he or she needs, patient care teams of a physician, nurse and technician are assigned to patients during their stay.

Memorial's fast, quality healthcare is provided in an average door-to-door time of less than 2-1/2 hours, compared to a national average of approximately eight hours.

Specialty services located in the Emergency Department include:

  • The Level 1 Trauma Center is a partnership with the Southern Illinois Trauma Team.
  • Memorial's Chest Pain Center is equipped and staffed to provide patients with heart attack symptoms with an EKG within 10 minutes, a completed physician evaluation within 25 minutes and (when necessary) start of a procedure to open blocked blood vessels in as little as 43 minutes.
  • Our Star 80 program teams caregivers and physicians to open the heart blockage in patients suffering heart attacks within 80 minutes, 10 minutes less than the standard recommended by the American College of Cardiology.
  • Memorial's integrated, online medical imaging services provide high-speed, expert interpretation of advanced x-rays. We have a dedicated, "speed-of-light" CAT scanner. Our expert on-staff radiologists are available to consult with physicians 24/7/365.
  • Memorial is certified by the Illinois Department of Public Health to provide pediatric care.