If you need emergency care, get care. If you are experiencing a medical emergency, call 9-1-1.
Emergencies don’t wait. And you shouldn’t wait to seek care if an emergency strikes you or your family. Delaying care in an emergency can lead to worse outcomes and potentially serious complications later.
We are open and ready to safely care for you in an environment specifically designed to keep you safe.
Why Choose Us?
- Our 30-Minute Pledge means we will work diligently to have you initially seen by a medical professional within 30 minutes of your arrival.
- The Level IV Trauma Center designation means the ER has demonstrated an ability to provide advanced trauma life support (ATLS) prior to transfer of patients to a higher level trauma center. It provides evaluation, stabilization, and diagnostic capabilities for injured patients.
- We are now a Mission: Lifeline Gold Referring Hospital, as recognized by the American Heart Association.
Stroke Ready Certification
Forrest City Medical Center has been designated by the Arkansas Department of Health as a Stroke Ready Hospital. As a Stroke Ready Hospital, Forrest City Medical Center is capable of providing time-critical care to the stroke patient, including initial emergency evaluation, real-time stroke assessment, and treatment through telemedicine. EMS providers screen patients with standardized protocols to effectively recognize stroke and make sure patients receive the right kind of care.
Forrest City Medical Center also participates in the Arkansas Stroke Registry. The Arkansas Department of Health (ADH) in collaboration with the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association manages a Stroke Registry by collecting real time data on stroke treatment from hospitals serving Arkansas. Using this data (without any personally identifiable patient information), the Arkansas Stroke Registry strives to accomplish the following:
- Optimize the quality of stroke care for all Arkansas
- Decrease death and disibility associated with acute stroke
- Reduce disparities in stroke patient care
- Increase public awareness of stroke treatment and prevention
Here are a few ways we have changed operations to protect the health of all patients:
- Waiting room chairs have been appropriately spaced to ensure social distancing, and scheduled outpatients are spaced throughout the day to keep the waiting room from becoming crowded.
- Staff and patients wear masks at all times.
- Clinical grade disinfection takes place hourly, after every patient, and as needed.
- Staff members are screened at the beginning of every shift.
- Everyone seeking emergency care is screened upon arrival to help ensure the appropriate site of care, isolating those who require it.
- All entrances except the ER entrance have been closed to ensure any person entering the hospital has been evaluated.
- We offer separate areas for general ER patients and three designated units for those suspected of having COVID-19 with barriers. Patients needing general care are NOT placed in the same area as those who are suspected of having the virus. Visitors are permitted to enter the COVID units.
- Precautionary signs have been placed around the ER.
- Isolation rooms equipped with an air filtration systems to effectively filter virus particles are available for those that require them.
- If a patient is suspected of COVID-19, they are provided with proper PPE.
- Patients coming in by ambulance are evaluated outside the ER, where the appropriate site of care is determined. If isolation is needed, those patients do not cross into general care areas.
American Heart Association’s Mission: Lifeline Gold Referring Hospital
We are a Mission: Lifeline Gold Referring Hospital, as recognized by the American Heart Association.
If you are experiencing a medical emergency, call 911. If you need to go the emergency room, we’re ready for you 24/7.
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