When you need emergency treatment right away, you need it right here, in a community that is close, like family. Ohio Valley Hospital’s Emergency Department (ED) is staffed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and 365 days a year with doctors and nurses specifically trained to save lives in medical emergencies.
Emergency Room Special Features
Our Emergency Department offers many features for patients in need of our care. They include:
- A nursing station that allows visual monitoring of all major patient care areas simultaneously
- Fully equipped private patient rooms that allow comfort for both the patient and his or her family
- Technologically advanced cardiac/trauma rooms
- A special bay for decontaminating patients exposed to hazardous materials
- 5 room fast track area
- Free blood pressure screenings are available in our Emergency Department at any time. No appointment is necessary.
On average, our patients spend 63 minutes in the ED, after the doctor decides to admit them as an inpatient before leaving the ED for their inpatient room. The overall state average is 126 minutes and the overall national average is 134 minutes.
Emergency Department Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Why did he/she get seen before me?
Q: What does a 'Short Wait Time' mean?
Q: If the waiting room is empty, why am I waiting so long to be seen?
Q: Why can't someone go back to check on my wait time?
Q: How much will this visit cost?
Q: Do you have WIFI?
Q: Am I able to use my cell phone?
Q: Why shouldn't I eat or drink anything, or use the bathroom?
We are located on the first floor of the Main Hospital. If it is a true emergency, you may follow exterior Emergency Room signs and park in the limited parking available outside of our Emergency Room front entrance. Otherwise, we have ample free parking available throughout the campus.
If it is during normal business hours, you may access the Emergency Room from any entrance. In the evening hours, you must enter through the Emergency Room entrance only.