Emergency Medicine

When you need emergency assistance, call 911!

Lakewood Health System's Emergency Department is a Level III Trauma Center. We are open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year.

Upon arrival to the Emergency Department (ED) at Lakewood Health System, you will be seen by a Registered Nurse who will determine the seriousness of your condition. A Lakewood physician is always on duty in our emergency department, along with specially trained nurses. Physician assistants (PA) and nurse practitioners (NP) also help to staff the ED.

When an emergency situation arises, our skilled professionals and technology are ready to help. We are equipped with ambulances to transport patients to the hospital, and a helicopter-landing pad to transport patients elsewhere in emergency situations. We provide medical/trauma care, crisis intervention, and client education in a caring and confidential environment.

We do not give out medical advice over the telephone. If you have specific questions, there is a nurse hotline number on the back of your health insurance card. If you have an emergency and need to be seen by a medical provider, visit our Emergency Department. Our Staples clinic is open Monday through Thursday until 8:00 p.m., Fridays until 5:00 p.m., and Saturdays for walk-in appointments until noon.

Wondering what it's like to make a visit to our Emergency Department? Click on the "Documents" icon on the right to learn more about the patient experience.


To maintain patient privacy and ensure medical staff can focus on individual care, only two people are permitted to accompany patients into the ED. Thank you for your cooperation and understanding.


The Lakewood Health System / Staples Ambulance Service is staffed with three paramedics and 20 Emergency Medical Technicians, providing the highest level of pre-hospital care in emergency transfer. With three, Type III ambulances, the department provides over 1,000 ambulance runs and transfers for the Staples commmunity annually. The department also serves as a resource for surrounding area first responders.

Always call 911 in an emergency situation!

Lakewood Health System's Emergency Department (ED) is a designated Level III Trauma Center. The Trauma III structure provides all staff including physicians, physician extenders, nurses, and admitting staff with the most efficient plan for better patient care and outcomes. Lakewood is proud to be able to provide surgery services 24 hours a day, seven days a week. All registered nurses in the ED are certified by the Trauma Nursing Core Course, and physicians who work in the ED are Advanced Trauma Life Support (ATLS) trained.

With the Trauma III designation, Lakewood can effectively treat or transfer patients with serious injuries, such as ruptured spleens and fractures. Through communication with an on-call specialist using digital x-ray images, Lakewood is better equipped to treat patients on-site in Staples or make the decision to transfer, based on injury severity. What this means for patients is faster care, a more developed team of trauma professionals and better patient outcomes.

 In case of emergency, always call 911!

Crisis intervention involves an assessment by a Registered Nurse (RN) and a Physician or Physician Assistant (PA) or Nurse Practitioner (NP). Afterward, an exam by a trained member of our Mobile Crisis Outreach and/or referral to a specialist in behavioral health may be done.

Remember, always call 911 in an emergency!

For An Emergency
Emergency Department Manager
Medical Staff
Family Medicine
Jonathan Claussen, MD
Main Campus

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