Emergency Medicine

The Emergency Medicine department at Memorial Healthcare features board-certified surgeons, trauma-trained nurses, and life-support-certified responders prepared 24/7 to organize resources during an emergency. Whether a patient needs treatment for a minor injury or critical services following severe traumatic experiences, these medical professionals have the expertise necessary to provide compassionate emergency medicine. Learn more about our services in Owosso and throughout the state of Michigan.

Understanding Emergency Medicine

Emergency medicine is a health specialty focused on the diagnosis and treatment of sudden injuries and illnesses. It is a multifaceted care service that involves performing the initial assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of a patient with urgent care needs. It also includes evaluating the patients’ temperament while receiving emergency care and coordinating the community response during public health crises.

Emergency Medicine and Trauma Providers

The emergency team works collaboratively with on-call specialists in all care fields through our partners at Emergency Care Specialists. Board-certified physicians work in conjunction with skilled nurses, who have certification in numerous emergency life-saving methods. 

To provide prompt emergency care for illnesses and injuries, the department also coordinates with Shiawassee County EMS Network.

Department Distinctions

American College of Surgeons (ACS) granted Memorial Healthcare the designation of a Level III Trauma Center for displaying efficient evaluation, surgery, intensive care, and emergency operations. This verification represents dedication to delivering constant high-quality acute care to patients throughout the greater Shiawassee County area and surrounding communities.

Other distinctions the Emergency Medicine department earned are the Gold Seal of Approval from The Joint Commission and the Heart-Check mark for Acute Stroke Ready Hospital Certification from the American Stroke Association. These acknowledgments convey an ability to produce exceptional results in the first (golden) hours for patients who come to the department with stroke symptoms. They also signify the telestroke skill of delivering expert consultation on Alteplase administration. This clot-busting medication can save lives during a stroke. Finally, they showcase the ability to quickly move patients to nearby comprehensive stroke centers if necessary.

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826 W. King St
Owosso, MI 48867

Phone: (989) 720-2273

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826 W. King Street
Owosso, MI 48867

Phone: 989-725-8712 Fax: 989-729-0115

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Trauma and Injury Prevention Resources and Events  

Unlike illnesses that develop from genetic issues or age, traumatic injuries often have an external cause, such as a car accident or incorrect use of a firearm. Therefore, people can mitigate their chances of experiencing such injuries by taking the proper precautions. Patients will benefit from the following resources on injury prevention:

Falling Prevention

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than 3,000,000 people receive treatment for falling injuries at emergency departments every year. Falls are the number one cause of fatal and nonfatal injuries for people 65 and older. To help minimizes these cases, CDC offers resources on fall prevention as part of their STEADI program. Patients also can search for podcasts on the topic on the CDC website.

Firearm Safety

A 2020 study by Pew Research Center found that guns were responsible for an overwhelming percentage of murders and suicides that year. Emergency medicine physicians understand the consequences of firearm misuse, as they often treat the victims of this violence. Memorial Healthcare offers the following resources to give patients more knowledge about firearm safety and accident prevention:

Awareness Months and Weeks

Throughout the year, various health issues are designated for different months to help spread awareness. Those related to emergency medicine and injury prevention include:

  • January – Human Trafficking: This federal initiative began in 2010 to educate the public about human trafficking and help them spot and prevent the heinous crime. Efforts during this month also may extend to domestic violence issues. To report a suspected case of human trafficking, contact the Michigan government.
  • February – Fire Safety: February is National Burn Awareness Month, as winter is the most common time for home fires. People can take preventative measures to avoid fire hazards, such as using and monitoring smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors.
  • March – Brain Injury: Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) impact normal brain function and pose a significant health issue for Americans. Patients can learn more about TBIs from the Brain Injury Association of America.
  • April – Distracted Driving: Adults and teens can find a host of resources from the Michigan government to promote safer driving during this month, such as the Technology Resources for Safe Driving, Teen-Led Traffic Safety Programs, and Michigan’s Graduated Driver Licensing: A Guide for Parents.
  • May – Trauma: Established in 1988, National Trauma Awareness Month is the time for healthcare agencies and organizations to provide communities with resources for injury prevention and trauma. Awareness enables people to work, play, and live more safely.
  • June – Safety: June is ideal for National Safety Awareness Month as it marks the beginning of summer. Some topics include swimming and water, campfire, and grilling safety.
  • July – Firework Safety: Independence Day on July 4 in the U.S. comes with many fireworks displays. Individuals planning to use fireworks for summer celebrations can learn more about safe use from The National Council on Fireworks Safety.
  • September – Suicide Prevention: In September, people and organizations like the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline participate in prevention efforts. The behavioral health department plays a key role in National Suicide Prevention Month at Memorial Healthcare. Patients struggling with suicidal thoughts can call 1-800-273-8255.
  • November – Injury Prevention: November features several events related to injury prevention, including National Injury Prevention Day on the 18th. It is also Carbon Monoxide Awareness Month and the beginning of Holiday Safety Awareness season.
  • December – Older Driver Safety: The first week of December is National Older Driver Safety Awareness Week. The Aging Driver webpage on the Michigan government site offers valuable resources for older drivers and their families and friends.

Trust Memorial Healthcare for Emergency Medicine

Patients in Mid-Michigan and surrounding areas should turn to Memorial Healthcare for emergency medicine, trauma, and injury prevention services. The physicians at this non-profit hospital work continually with patients, residents, and leaders in these communities to improve care. Contact us today to learn more about emergency medicine and other services provided.

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