ER and trauma care in South Denver
The ER at Sky Ridge Medical Center is committed to providing fast, high-quality care, 24 hours a day. Our team of specialists will deliver compassionate, expert care before, during and after your emergency. We accept most insurance providers and welcome Kaiser Permanente members.
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Level II Trauma Center
Our Level II Trauma Center is conveniently located at I-25 and Lincoln and is open 24/7. Our board-certified emergency physicians, physician assistants, pediatricians and nurses are specially trained in advanced life support and emergency treatment. We work in partnership with paramedics and first responders to ensure seamless care is provided to every patient.
Sky Ridge strongly believes in injury prevention and educating the community on safety. Learn more about how to prevent traumatic injuries to you can for you and your loved ones.
Features of our ER and trauma center
Our emergency room and Level II Trauma Center were designed to provide efficient, effective care that includes:
- Board-certified emergency medicine doctors on duty 24/7
- 27-beds, including three trauma bays
- A helipad for Airlife medical transports
- Direct access to our two heart cath labs
- Special emergency room for children
- Experienced emergency nurses
- Intensivist coverage 24 hours a day, 365 days a year
- Spine surgery expertise—in fact, Sky Ridge performs more spine surgeries than any other hospital in Colorado
- Rapid access to specialists for orthopedic emergencies
- State-of-the art diagnostic equipment
We also have dedicated teams prepared to initiate immediate and advanced care for:
- Stroke alerts
- Cardiac alerts
- Trauma alerts
- Sepsis alerts
24/7 Pediatric ER
Sky Ridge offers a separate ER designed especially for children with pediatric emergency physicians and nurses at Sky Ridge ready to provide expert care 24/7. Our facility is conveniently located adjacent to the Women’s Hospital entrance in the Sky Ridge Hospital Evergreen building.
For questions about our pediatric ER, call (720) 225-KIDZ (5439).
When to go to the ER
If you’re experiencing a medical emergency, please call 911 immediately.
All of us experience changes in our bodies that make us question when we should seek emergency care. The information in these pages provides guidance about some of the most common symptoms and when these symptoms might require a visit to the ER. Click a symptom below to read about when it might require an ER visit:
Dial (720) 523-3888 and enter your zip code, and you will receive our closest HealthONE ERs.
Emergency room basics
When you or a loved one is in pain or just had an accident, it’s easy to get stressed and confused about what to do.
Dr. Adam Barkin, medical director and chairman of emergency medicine at Sky Ridge Medical Center, offers expert advice on how to care for common injuries until you get to an emergency room, also known as an emergency department.
Sky Ridge has initiated the Cardiac Alert® program with our community emergency medical services (EMS) to provide speedier diagnosis and treatment of heart patients.
When it comes to a heart attack, time is muscle. The more time the heart is deprived of blood and oxygen, the more muscle tissue dies. Sky Ridge's Cardiac Alert program provides heart attack patients the medical care they need as fast as possible.
How a cardiac alert works
Once the paramedics initiate a cardiac alert, Sky Ridge's Cardiac Alert Team, consisting of emergency medicine doctors, the cardiac cath lab team and a cardiologist, assemble. When the patient arrives at the hospital, he or she is taken directly to the cardiac cath lab. The goal here is to open up blocked arteries as quickly as possible. The team is ready 24/7!
Reducing opioid overdoses
As opioid addiction ravages communities across the U.S., Sky Ridge, along with several other ERs in Colorado, is changing how we treat pain.
Watch Dr. Adam Barkin, Sky Ridge's Emergency Department Medical Director, discuss our the safety program, and how it aims to reduce opioid overdoses:
Emergency care FAQs
Here is a list of frequently asked questions pertaining to the emergency department:
What are your hours?
We are open seven days a week, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
When should I go to the ER?
Anyone who is in need of medical attention should go to the emergency department. There are times you should call an ambulance to receive preliminary medical attention while en-route to the hospital. For example, chest pain, stroke like symptoms (e.g., confusion, altered level of consciousness), seizure activity or any other significant illness or injury you should consider calling an ambulance.
Will I be examined by a physician?
All patients are seen either by an Emergency Department physician or a physician’s assistant (sometimes in conjunction with the ED Physician). Pediatric patients are examined by pediatricians.
Who else will care for me during my hospital stay?
Our medical team is comprised of highly skilled nurses, technicians and therapists.
What if I do not have insurance or access to my insurance information?
Any and all patients will receive a medical screening exam regardless of their insurance status. For those patients who have insurance, but do not have access to their insurance information, we can arrange payment after their visit without causing delay in care.
Will I need to change into a gown?
We ask that patients in the emergency department change into a gown unless you are here for a minor injury or illness. This allows our team to properly assess you and offer the highest quality care.
How long will I have to wait?
Patients are seen according to their level of acuity (severity) rather than arrival time. There are times when some patients may have to wait while others are seen immediately. Please know that we will care for you as soon as possible. If your symptoms change or worsen during the course of your stay, please notify hospital staff.
What type of testing will be done?
We have access to the most advanced medical treatments and technologies including: diagnostic lab testing, advanced radiographic images, pharmaceutical agents, etc. Your test will depend upon your physician’s initial exam and diagnosis.
How long will my visit take?
It takes approximately two hours to receive diagnostic results from the time they were requested (i.e., lab specimens, X-ray images) and approximately one to three hours to coordinate further treatment if you are to be admitted.
If I am discharged, how should I follow up?
All discharged patients receive referral information for their primary care provider or specialist. If you don’t have a primary care physician, we are happy to offer you complimentary referrals. This information can be found on your discharge instructions. If your symptoms increase or worsen you should consider returning to the emergency department as your condition might have changed.
What should I do with my medication?
If you do not have a detailed list of your medications, please inform our staff of medications you are currently taking. If you have your medications with you, we will prepare a thorough medication list and ask that you take your medications home or we will secure them for you.
What if I get admitted?
The admission process might take a period of time as we want to ensure you are placed with the best healthcare team possible to further coordinate your medical treatment.
If admitted, will I be seen by my primary care provider?
Not necessarily. Some physicians use hospitalists to see their patients while they are hospitalized. Please be assured that all pertinent information related to your visit will be provided to your primary care provider unless otherwise specified.
Call I keep my cell phone and other electronic devices?
Absolutely. However, we ask that you limit distraction when your healthcare team is interacting with you.
Board-certified emergency medicine team at Sky Ridge Medical Center
Adam Barkin, MD
Medical Director and Chair
Eric Bratz, DO
Dan Dobler, MD
Christy Donaldson, PA-C
Christine Fleming, MD
Niki Gray, PA-C
Eric Lung, MD
Associate Medical Director
Mark Maertins, MD
Christopher McCarthy, PA-C
Amy Shoopman, PA-C
Aaron Van Hook, PA-C