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Emergency Services

HSHS St. Francis Hospital is dedicated to providing the highest level of local care, 24/7.

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Here with you when it matters most

Life can change in an instant. That’s why our board-certified emergency physicians are always ready. With advanced treatments and world-class cardiologists, we’re prepared for the worst – so you can count on the best care when it matters most.

HSHS St. Francis Hospital's ER has the latest technology which allows our nurses and doctors to provide excellent care right here in Litchfield. We have nine rooms including two trauma rooms and one safe room for behavioral health patients. We also have a centralized nurses’ station which helps nurses coordinate your care and provide the best experience possible.

When seconds count, you can count on HSHS St. Francis Hospital to provide the treatment needed. 

In any emergency situation, always call 911 or go to the nearest hospital emergency department.

Emergency services provide care to people suffering injuries ranging from a fractured bone to a heart attack or stroke. Our emergency department is staffed with board certified emergency medicine physicians, nurses, and other medical experts who handle a variety of conditions.. 


New ER. Investing in you.

At HSHS St. Francis Hospital, we are committed to investing in our hometown. We are proving that with our newly remodeled emergency department.

Telehealth Technology

We are also able to connect to specialists at HSHS St. John’s Hospital in Springfield within minutes though telehealth technology. And, we have access to helicopters 24 hours a day to ensure our patients receive the care they need as quickly as possible. We are equipped to take care of any patient who comes to St. Francis Hospital. 

Stat Heart Program

The Emergency Services Department physicians at HSHS St. Francis Hospital provide treatment for patients 24 hours per day, 7 days per week. The nursing team is certified in cardiac life support, pediatric life support and trauma. We also work closely with the Prairie Heart Institute at HSHS St. John's Hospital in Springfield, IL to provide the Stat Heart program.

The Stat Heart Program streamlines emergency heart care to meet the national goal of providing angioplasty (a non-surgical procedure to treat diseased arteries) within 90 to 120 minutes from a patient’s arrival at the hospital. 

When a suspected heart attack patient arrives in the St. Francis emergency room, an overhead announcement alerts representatives from lab, radiology, cardiopulmonary and ICU, as well as key nursing staff, to respond to the ER. If a heart attack is confirmed the patient is transferred to a hospital with a cardiac catherization lab within 90 minutes of arrival. 

If you are experiencing life-threatening symptoms, please dial 9-1-1 or visit an Emergency Room.