High-quality care for those with acute or critical emergency medical needs

2021 Womens Choice Award for Emergency CareThe Emergency Department at St. Anthony Regional Hospital provides high-quality care for residents in Carroll and the surrounding area who have acute or critical emergency medical needs. The Emergency Department is open and staffed 24 hours a day, seven days a week, with physicians and nurses experienced in providing medical emergency care. Surgical Services, Laboratory, Radiology, Pharmacy and Pastoral Care support staff are available at all times to care for anyone seeking emergency care.

On average, we serve 7,500 patients in our department.  Patient satisfaction is measured through a survey that is mailed out to all patients.  Our emergency department nurses have consistently scored in the 90th percentile. 

St. Anthony is designated Level IV Trauma Center. Trauma level designation recognizes the emergency trauma services available and ensures patients are transported when necessary to a hospital equipped to provide the care they need. St. Anthony physicians and nursing staff are trained to care for trauma patients with the nurses being Trauma Nursing Course Certified (TNCC). The ambulance garage is enclosed and unloads directly in the Emergency Department, designed to provide optimal patient care and patient privacy. A helipad is also available to allow for air ambulance transport of patients to hospitals in metropolitan areas.

The average length of stay is 86 minutes in our ED department, which is in the top 10% in Iowa.  Compare that to the average length of stay in Iowa hospitals of 106 minutes, and the average national length of stay of 112 minutes.  

While our wait time is short, our level of care stands tall.  Our 18 nurses are available to staff the ED, with over 140 years of cumulative experience.  All ED personnel have PALS (pediatric advanced life support), ENPC (emergency nursing pediatric course), ACLS (advanced cardiac life support), and TNCC (trauma nursing core course).

If you are in need of emergency services?

Dial 911 - an ambulance will transport you to the ED.

What is a medical emergency?  If you are experiencing symptoms that may result in serious illness, physical impairment or death, consider emergency care.  If you are experiencing symptoms that can be treated in a physician's clinic during daytime hours, consider making an appointment with your physician.