If you think you are experiencing a medical emergency, please call 911 immediately.
The ER at Citrus Memorial Hospital provides expert care around-the-clock to more than 40,000 patients each year, making it the preferred emergency room in Citrus County. Staffed with board-certified physicians and emergency nurses, this 28-bed facility is prepared to deliver exceptional emergency care when you and your family need it most. In fact, many medical staff members hold advanced certifications in trauma training, advanced cardiac life support (ACLS) and pediatric advanced life support (PALS).
By choosing our emergency room, you are choosing some of the best emergency care providers in the region. From heart attack and stroke to broken bone and belly pain, you can trust the ER staff at Citrus Memorial Hospital to give you and your family the highest level of emergency care.
For patients with injuries and illnesses that are less serious, we offer a Fast Track. This service focuses on patient comfort in an expedited process, ensuring a reduced length of stay in the ER.
If you are experiencing a life-threatening medical emergency, do not try to drive to the nearest emergency room. Call 911 for immediate medical care and transportation to the closest ER.
What to Expect in the ER
Arrival and Triage
People who require the most urgent care will be treated first. This means it may be possible someone who arrived before you receives treatment, first. However, we are still committed to treating every patient as soon as possible. If you are in any immediate danger you will be taken immediately to an exam room. If your injury or illness does not require immediate care, you may be asked to have a seat in our lobby until an exam room is available. If, while waiting, you feel your condition has changed, please inform the reception desk immediately.
Medical Screening Exam
Once you are triaged, you will receive a medical screening exam by a member of our Doctor Care Team. This team is made up of emergency room physicians, physician assistants (PA) and nurse practitioners (ARNP). A member of this team will conduct a medical screening exam, review your vital signs and medical history.
After your medical screening exam, you may require tests including blood work, imaging such as x-ray or CT or an EKG (electrocardiogram). Medications may also be ordered as part of pre-treatment.
Our goal is to keep patients comfortable and conduct tests as quickly as possible. Some tests take longer to complete, so every effort is made to communicate the approximate wait time during your stay.
Assignment to Exam Area
When a treatment area becomes available, you will be escorted by a member of our care team. It is important to keep in mind that patients are escorted to exam areas based on triage and severity of condition, not by order of arrival.
During registration, we will ask you to sign a treatment consent form and to provide your name, address, phone number, personal physician and insurance information. For your convenience, if an exam room is available, a registration clerk will gather this information at your bedside. If a room is not available, and your emergency is not life-threatening, you may be asked to remain in the reception area until a room is ready for you.
Diagnosis and Treatment
A member of the Doctor Care Team will return to evaluate your condition and determine the best course of treatment. If you had tests performed, you will receive the results. At this time, a decision is made on whether you will be discharged or admitted to the hospital.
Admission or Discharge
Most patients are treated and discharged to go home from the emergency room. If your emergency room physician determines you can go home, you will receive written instructions about how to take care of yourself after you leave the hospital. It is important to follow these instructions, take all prescribed medications and schedule a follow-up appointment with your personal physician.
If you are admitted to the hospital, you will be transferred to a patient room and we will notify your primary care physician. If you do not have a physician, another member of the medical staff - called a hospitalist - will coordinate your care while you're at the hospital.