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Emergency and Trauma Care

Trauma care nurses with a patient on a gurney

Our No. #1 Priority Is a Quick Diagnosis and Immediate, Effective Treatment for Each Patient.

Suburban Hospital's Emergency/Trauma Center treats more than 40,000 patients annually, including 1,500 major trauma cases. As a state-designated regional trauma center for Montgomery County and the surrounding area, we offer superior emergency care in a high-tech facility with a specially trained medical team.

In addition, we are a certified Stroke Center with a dedicated NIH Stroke Team, which provides rapid diagnosis and cutting-edge treatment of strokes. Our rapid chest pain evaluation provides early recognition of heart attack, which can now be treated in our new, state-of the-art NIH Heart Center at Suburban Hospital.  A separate Pediatric Emergency Center is staffed 24 hours a day by an emergency pediatrician and specially trained pediatric staff.

What to Expect During Your Visit

Triage

A triage nurse assesses each patient and recommends treatment priority. While we try to see all patients promptly, those with without life-threatening conditions may wait while more seriously ill or injured patients are treated.

Registration

After triage, please visit the registration desk and provide us with your address, phone number and emergency contact information.

Diagnosis and treatment

A nurse reviews medical history, medications, allergies and the current illness or injury. An emergency care doctor examines the patient and orders diagnostic tests or procedures.

Separate treatment areas

More seriously injured patients are taken to the Major Treatment area. Patients with minor illnesses/injuries receive timely care in our Minor Emergency Needs area.

Family access

A relative or friend may visit the patient during treatment but not more than two people at once. Visitors may be asked to stay in the waiting area so a patient can be properly treated. Children under 12 are not permitted in the treatment area.

Billing

All patients are evaluated and treated regardless of their ability to pay. Please note that physician groups and other services are billed separately from hospital emergency room charges.

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