Emergency clinic in Denver

At Swedish Medical Center, we understand that some things just can't wait. This is why our emergency room (ER) doctors are available 24/7 to provide advanced treatment for patients experiencing medical emergencies. Our goal is to ensure you receive the high-quality care you deserve, when you need it most.

If you or someone you know is experiencing a medical emergency, call 911.
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Critical care medicine

We know that no one gets better in the waiting room—which is why we've changed some things about ours. In our ER, 95 percent of our patients are taken directly to a treatment room and never sit in the waiting area.

We do this because our goal is to provide quick, expert care that responds to the needs of our patients. Our emergency physicians are available 24/7 to address your questions promptly and ensure your needs are met. Treating more than 90,000 patients annually, our ER provides:

  • A panel of board-certified specialists
  • Board-certified adult and pediatric emergency medicine physicians
  • Experienced nurses with certified emergency nursing (CEN) credentials
  • Three dedicated trauma rooms—one specifically engineered and equipped for children

Specialized emergency care

To ensure all of our patients receive the care that is right for them, we offer the following specialties at our ER:

Trauma care

As a Level I Trauma Center, our team provides comprehensive acute and critical care services to both our adult and pediatric patients. Our experienced personnel provide trauma education and contribute to the basic scientific research in the area of traumatic injury.

Neurological intensive care unit (neuro ICU)

Equipped with a dedicated 18-bed neurocritical care unit, our specialists use advanced diagnostic and monitoring techniques and technology. They identify critical problems and prevent or minimize permanent neurological damage. With standardized protocols and management guidelines, our team offers new hope to patients with:

  • Brain tumors
  • Encephalitis (infection of the brain)
  • Meningitis (infection of the membrane around the brain or spinal cord)
  • Ruptured aneurysm
  • Spinal cord injury
  • Stroke
  • Seizures
  • Traumatic brain injury (TBI)

Pediatric emergency services

Our emergency rooms across southern Denver work in partnership with the Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children to provide specialized medical care for patients 18 years old and younger.

Our pediatric specialists pride themselves on delivering compassionate care for every child who that comes to our facility. One of the ways we do this is through creating a comfortable environment for kids and their parents.

Pediatric features and amenities

Our main campus ER features five pediatric treatment rooms set apart from our adult rooms. All rooms are staffed by a pediatrician and an emergency-trained nurse and technician

Should your child need to be hospitalized, Swedish has a dedicated, 24-hour pediatric unit open seven days a week. Our pediatric unit accommodates 11 beds for children, and our pediatric intensive care unit (PICU) contains six beds for children in need of intensive care.

Conditions and symptoms we treat

Our ER doctors are equipped to treat a wide range of symptoms and conditions, including:

  • Abdominal pain
  • Allergic reaction
  • Behavioral health emergencies
  • Blood loss
  • Bone fracture
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Dizziness
  • Fall
  • Heart conditions
  • Nausea
  • Neurological disorders, such as a seizure
  • Organ failure
  • Pneumonia
  • Poisoning
  • Spider bite
  • Trauma
  • Virus

Our freestanding ER locations

In addition to our main campus's ER, we provide two freestanding ERs in the Greater Denver area.

Belmar ER

We offer comprehensive emergency care to the Lakewood and surrounding Denver communities through the Swedish Belmar ER. Our freestanding ER is conveniently located in the Belmar community.

Southwest ER

Swedish Southwest ER offers full-service emergency care to the southern Denver communities. This location provides convenient access to hospital care and resources for people located in and around the areas of Columbine, Highlands Ranch and Littleton.

Insurance information

We accept most insurance providers and welcome Kaiser Permanente members.

Emergency care at HealthONE

Emergency care is the treatment of emergent medical conditions. It is generally performed in an emergency room, but can also refer to treatment in an ambulance. Emergency medicine physicians may treat patients with injuries or infections, in addition to life-threatening conditions.

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