Emergency Services

Emergency Services

When there's a medical emergency in your life, time means everything.

The next time you have an emergency situation, whether it's a small cut that needs a few stitches or a possible heart attack, you can feel confident that our highly skilled, ACLS certified staff and in-house emergency physicians will treat you effectively, efficiently, and quickly...24-hours a day, every day. When every minute counts, count on us.

Combating Strokes, One Step at a Time

Sarah D. Culbertson Memorial Hospital launched a partnership with Memorial Medical Center of Springfield to help save lives threatened by strokes.

Together, our hospitals are offering new telestroke technology. This cutting-edge technology uses two-way audio and video teleconferencing to provide patients with immediate access to neurologists specially trained to deal with strokes.

Lynn Stambaugh, Culbertson’s CEO, said more people in the community will have around-the-clock access to life-saving care close to home. Also, the patients who need a higher level of care can be identified and transferred for additional treatments.

The telestroke technology will allow Culbertson’s Emergency Department staff to video conference with neurologists who specialize in treating strokes at Memorial Medical Center. The neurologist can then perform an assessment of the patient quickly and effectively, while neuroimages taken at Culbertson are sent electronically to Memorial. 

Patients and their families can feel comforted by the outstanding level of care this partnership can provide. Memorial Medical Center is certified as a primary stroke center by the Joint Commission. This partnership is just one way Culbertson is continually seeking ways to improve healthcare on a local level.

Know Stroke Warning Signs

Call 9-1-1 if you experience any of the following. Use FAST to remember the warning signs:
  • F - Face. Ask the person to smile. Does one side of the face droop?
  • A - Arms. Ask the person to raise both arms. Does one arm drift downward?
  • S - Speech. Ask the person to repeat a simple phrase. Is their speech slurred or strange?
  • T - Time. If you observe any of these signs, call 9-1-1 immediately.

Strokes kill almost 130,000 Americans each year—that’s 1 in every 18 deaths. Know the warning signs so you can get help or help a loved one as soon as you suspect a stroke. Quality preventive care can help prevent stroke risk factors. Make sure to visit your doctor regularly. Need a primary care physician? Learn more about our Culbertson providers here.

Treating Heart Attack Patients Faster

Culbertson Memorial Hospital is now participating in the Prairie Cardiovascular “Stat Heart” program — a new cardiac program that identifies, treats and transfers acute heart attack patients to a cardiac cath lab within minutes of arriving at the Emergency Room.   The Prairie Stat Heart program puts in place a unique process that melds cooperation and collaboration between the community hospital emergency department, the EMS ground and air transport, Memorial Medical CenterSt. John’s Hospital and cardiologists of Prairie Cardiovascular.

Immediate Activation

Once an emergency room physician has identified an acute heart attack patient, the Stat Heart team is immediately activated.  This is, in essence, a single call that activates the team at Culbertson, the helicopter/transport system and the specialists in Springfield simultaneously.  This means that once the patient arrives in Springfield a team is standing by and immediately determines the best appropriate intervention for that patient.

The Stat Heart program has already served over 200 patients in central and southern Illinois who suffer the worse type of heart attacks – those likely to cause death or severe heart damage.

“Culbertson Memorial Hospital is fortunate to have two helicopters within 23 minutes flight time reach of the emergency room and a local emergency management crew a block away. This further cuts the length of time needed to transport the patient to the specialists in Springfield.”
— Nancy LeMaster, ED Nurse Supervisor