The Emergency Department at Truman Medical Center Health Sciences District is open 24/7/365 and provides emergency medical care to adults from Kansas City and the surrounding areas. The Department cares for about 62,000 patients per year. There are 48 beds, including 3 trauma/resuscitation bays and a 7 bed “urgent care” area. The ED has board-certified emergency medicine physicians on duty at all times as well as specially trained emergency nurses and technicians. There are several nurse practitioners and physician assistants. Additionally, we have well-trained social services staff and case managers on duty most hours of the day, as well as a Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner program and a BRIDGE domestic violence advocacy program. We have access to all relevant medical and surgical specialties for consultation when appropriate.
Truman Medical Center is an Academic Medical Center therefore our physicians are experts in emergency medicine and we train medical students and residents (physicians in training to become specialists) in emergency medical care.
Truman Medical Center is a STEMI Center. A STEMI is a type of heart attack and needs immediate expert care. Patients with a STEMI are routed to our Emergency Department where they are rapidly evaluated then their care is coordinated with a cardiologist who will take the patient to our state-of-the-art cardiac catheterization laboratory for an appropriate intervention.
The hospital is a Missouri State designated Level One Trauma Center. Patients needing the services of the Trauma Team are met in the ED by a team consisting of trauma surgeon(s), emergency medicine physicians, emergency nurses, techs, respiratory therapist(s) and radiology technologist(s). Physicians in specialties ranging from neurosurgery to OB/GYN are on standby, and nursing teams are ready in the operating room and critical care unit, as well. In addition to patient care, Level One Trauma Centers conduct research programs, healthcare provider education, community outreach programs, and are a referral resource for communities in nearby regions.