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Emergency & Trauma

When a sudden and serious illness or injury happens, you want the very best emergency care available as fast as you can get it.

group of emergency care physicians and providers bringing a patient into surgery

For those who live, work and play in the Chippewa Valley, high-quality emergency service is available 24/7 as HSHS St. Joseph’s Hospital in Chippewa Falls.

The Emergency Service Area at HSHS St. Joseph's Hospital is staffed 24 hours a day with board-certified emergency room physicians and nurses who are specifically trained to care for patients with a variety of medical, surgical and trauma-related emergencies.

A million things go through your mind when you are confronted with an emergency. Knowing a little bit about our emergency department and what to expect—before you need us—will help. Here are a few of the questions that we get asked most often

For more information, call us at  715-717-7220.  

Emergency Care You Can Trust, 24/7

We’re here to provide you with the emergency care you need 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Here are examples of emergencies that need our quick care:

  • Abdominal pain
  • Chest pain or pressure
  • Choking
  • Coughing 
  • Deep cuts or severe burns
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Fainting, weakness or headache
  • Inability to move or speak
  • Major injuries or accidents 
  • Nausea, vomiting or diarrhea 
  • Poisoning
  • Sudden severe pain
  • Uncontrolled bleeding

Emergency Services Team

If you or a loved one suddenly become ill or are involved in a serious accident, you want a team known for its skill and fast response. You’ll find that team here at HSHS St. Joseph's Hospital.

Our professional team consists entirely of board-certified emergency medicine physicians. Our team also includes registered nurses with certifications in Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS), Trauma Nurse Core Course (TNCC), Emergency Nursing Pediatric Care (ENPC) and Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS). We are the only hospital in western Wisconsin to provide such extensive training for its emergency department staff.

Additionally, our partnership with Prevea Health enables us to provide access to primary care and specialty providers for expert care throughout the Chippewa Valley.

Emergency Services FAQs

Yes, we provide care for all ages.
When you arrive, please check in at the Emergency Department registration desk and our staff will evaluate you to determine your condition. If your condition is life threatening, you will be seen immediately. You can expect testing and care from board-certified emergency physicians and specially trained registered nurses. If appropriate, you may be referred to a specialist or admitted to the hospital for further care and treatment.
Be sure to bring your medications and dosages and most current medical history, if available. It is also helpful to bring emergency contact information, including medical power of attorney or health care guardianship information, if applicable. After your visit, it is important that you follow up with your primary care doctor, so please know who your primary doctor is, and which physician(s) should receive information from your visit.

Summer Safety Series 

How to Spot Heat Exhaustion in Kids

Heat exhaustion is common in kids and can quickly lead to heatstroke if left untreated. ER nurse, Regi Geissler, shares what to look for and steps to take if you spot signs of heat exhaustion.

How to Handle Bee Stings

Bee stings are not only painful, but can be very dangerous. ER nurse, Regi Geissler, offers helpful tips for handling bee stings this summer.

When to Seek Treatment for Burns

Between campfires and grilling, burns can happen quickly in the summer. ER nurse, Regi Geissler, shares tips for treating burns at home and how to know when to seek medical treatment.

Keeping Kids Safe Around Water

Kids are attracted to water, no matter how deep or shallow it is. ER nurse, Regi Geissler, offers key tips for keeping kids safe around water this summer.