The Emergency Department is open 24 hours a day, and a physician is always on duty to provide service to the residential community, its visitors, and our industrial clients.
There are approximately 21,000 patient visits in our emergency department every year. Our well-trained, experienced staff has hundreds of years of cumulative experience in Emergency Medicine. All of our physicians are specially trained and Board Certified in Emergency Medicine, and our staff Physician Assistants work in tandem under the direct supervision of our physicians.
The nursing staff is also specially educated in the areas of Critical Care, Trauma Nursing and Ambulatory Services. All nurses are ACLS (Advanced Life Support) and PALS (Pediatric Advanced Life Support) certified.
Our mission is to provide our patients with courtesy, compassion and quality care regardless of ability to pay.
The Emergency Department at Arroyo Grande Community Hospital offers a comprehensive spectrum of treatment services:
Priorities of Care
- Basic treatment for minor to major illnesses.
- Definitive treatment of minor to moderate traumatic injuries.
- Major trauma.
- Major illnesses such as heart attacks, strokes, seizures, internal bleeding.
- Medical emergencies such as drug interaction, chest pains, obstetrical/gynecological emergencies.
- Emergency psychiatric treatment.
- Pediatric ailments.
- Injuries in occupational and industrial medicine (such as on the job injuries or illnesses).
- Sports medicine.
Our goal is to deliver excellent, safe care as timely and efficiently as possible and to ensure that those patients with the most urgent needs are cared for first. Please be assured that you will be evaluated and treated as soon as possible and that your well-being is our primary concern. We understand that you are here because you or a loved one needs urgent medical treatment, and we are dedicated to serving you quickly and with compassion.
After your visit to the Emergency Department, information may be provided to your primary care physician, as a courtesy. You may be asked to schedule a follow-up visit with the Emergency Department or with your own physician. To ensure your well-being when discharged home, you will be given "After Care Instructions" that will identify any specific medications that have been prescribed for you, wound care instructions , special diet/activity requirements and follow-up treatment.
Payment and Eligibility Assistance Program
At Arroyo Grande Community Hospital, we believe that no one should delay seeking needed medical care because they lack insurance. That's why we assist patients in applying for public health coverage programs and offer payment assistance to eligible uninsured patients for selected services.
To apply for our Payment Assistance Program or for help in enrolling in a government sponsored insurance program, please stop by our Admitting/Patient Registration department or schedule an appointment by calling: (805) 473-7697.