EMERGENCY DEPARTMENT

The Emergency Department is a Level IV Trauma Emergency Treatment Facility which is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, fully staffed with licensed physicians and nursing personnel at all times.  The patient population served by the Emergency Department consists of newborn, pediatric, adolescent, adult and geriatric patients requiring or seeking medical care.

All patients that present to Wetzel County Hospital’s (WCH) premises for a non-scheduled visit are seeking care shall receive a medical screening exam by an Emergency Department physician that includes providing all necessary testing and on-call services within the capability of (WCH) to reach a diagnosis.  Support services including but not limited to clinical specialty physicians is maintained to assist in stabilizing patients.  All necessary definitive Emergency Department patients are then evaluated for response to treatment and are admitted, transferred for further treatment not provided by the Hospital or discharged, with follow-up instructions as appropriate.

The Emergency Department nurse of Wetzel County Hospital (WCH) is a professional nurse committed to ensuring that the emergency care patient receives optimal care.  He/she maintains a current state license as a Registered Nurse, as well as ACLS, PALS, and BCLS certification.  TNCC certification is recommended.  Organizational membership to Emergency Nurse Association (ENA) is encouraged.  The Emergency Physician maintains state medical licensure, ACLS, PALS, and ATLS.