Emergency Department

The Emergency Department had 7,702 patient visits in 2010  

Yampa Valley Medical Center’s Emergency Department (ED) is a Level IV trauma center. We serve everyone within our community and the surrounding region who requires emergency care, as well as visitors from around the world.

The ED maintains 24-hour emergency services that meet the needs of acutely ill patients of all ages, including:
  • Patient assessment and treatment directed by physician orders, hospital and departmental policies, and Emergency Nursing Association (ENA) standards.
  • Patient safety
  • Patient education and discharge planning
  • Therapeutic and diagnostic procedures
  • Medication administration
  • Transfer, if necessary, to the appropriate tertiary care center
  • Stabilization.
Each patient is evaluated individually for a plan of care. The ED provides emergency services via a 12-bed unit.

Care in the ED is provided by board-certified emergency physicians, registered nurses, and EMT/ED techs. Care is supported by on-call physicians, on-call specialists, respiratory therapists, and 24-hour lab and radiology staff. The nursing process, medical model and multidisciplinary approach are used to assess and meet patient care needs.

The standards established by the Colorado State Board of Health Services, Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations, and practices of the Emergency Nurses Association have been referenced to develop policy and procedure.

    Paula Golden, RN
    (970) 870-1145