Emergency Room

Our Emergency Room is a Level III facility and is available 24/7/365. The Emergency Room is staffed with professional physicians and nurses.

When To Go To the Emergency Room

When to call 911 or go to an Emergency Room immediately:
If you have symptoms of heart attack or stroke, or feel that your "life or limb" is in danger, call 911 or go to the nearest Emergency Room (ER) immediately. According to the American College of Emergency Physicians, you should visit the ER if you have any of the following warning signs or conditions:

Chest pain or pressure
Uncontrolled bleeding
Sudden or severe pain
Coughing or vomiting blood
Severe allergic reaction
Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
Sudden dizziness, weakness, or changes in vision
Severe or persistent vomiting or diarrhea
Changes in mental status, such as confusion

When to go to an Emergency Room:
Non-life-threatening conditions that would need quick attention in an ER include:

Cuts requiring stitches
Simple fractures
Eye injuries
Severe insect bites

All patients presenting to the Emergency Room receive a Medical Screening Exam by a physician to determine whether or not your condition constitutes a medical emergency. If after the Medical Screening Exam, it is determined that your condition is not a medical emergency, treatment options will be discussed.

What To Expect in the Emergency Room


The triage nurse will assess your symptoms to determine whether you need to be treated right away based on the severity of your condition. Your vital signs such as temperature, heart rate, blood pressure, and breathing will be checked. The medical chart information will be gathered, including details on allergies, any medications you are taking, and your medical history. It's a good idea to bring a medical history form or wallet card so you can quickly provide this information. Always bring a list or a bag with all medications including all prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements that you use.


If you need to be treated right away you will be assigned a bed in the treatment area. If you don't need to be treated right away, and the emergency department is busy, you may be directed to a registration area where you will be asked for basic information such as your name, age, address, and the name of your health insurance company. By law, you cannot be denied emergency medical care regardless of your ability to pay or lack of insurance coverage.

The Waiting Room

If your condition is not "life or limb" threatening, you may be directed to sit in the waiting room because the most critically ill and injured patients are treated first in an emergency department. (It's not first come, first served, and having health insurance does not mean you will be seen quicker.) If you are in the waiting room, it's important to let the triage nurse know right away if your pain or condition gets worse while you are waiting.

Why Am I Waiting So Long?

Emergency physicians are committed to providing high-quality emergency care as quickly as possible to all patients but if you've been to a hospital emergency department lately, you most likely know that many of America's ERs are overcrowded.

Medical Examination

Once you are in an examination area, an emergency physician will examine you, monitor your vital signs, and possibly order tests (e.g., x-ray, labs, electrocardiogram). For certain tests, you may need to avoid eating or drinking. Nurses and other medical professionals also will assist you during your visit. Family members may or may not be able to stay with you depending on your condition and other factors.

During your visit, be proactive and ask questions about anything you don't understand. If you have concerns, ask to speak again with the emergency physician.

If you are critically ill or require constant intravenous medications or fluids, you may be admitted to the hospital. Otherwise, an emergency physician will discuss your diagnosis and treatment plan with you before you are discharged. You also may receive written instructions regarding medications, medical restrictions, or symptoms to watch out for that could require a return visit. In addition, you may be instructed to follow up with your family doctor.

About Our Physicians

Monroe County Hospital is excited to begin a partnership with HospitalMD (HMD) of Peachtree City, GA to provide our community with a new "hybrid" medical service that is revolutionizing small community hospitals across the country! This "hybrid" service means that HMD will provide both Emergency Medicine services in the Emergency Department and inpatient care (known as a Hospitalist service) for local primary care physicians when a hospital stay is required.

With this service, patients of Monroe County Hospital will never be without a physician onsite! The physicians can observe patients 24 hours a day and any changes in treatments can occur immediately. A Hospitalist service has consistently demonstrated significant improvements in the quality of inpatient medical care, reduced days of hospital stay, and reduced costs. Monroe County Hospital is committed to its patients receiving the highest quality health care close to home and this is demonstrated once again by adding a Hospitalist service 24/7/365!

HMD has been providing these services to small community hospitals for over 8 years. HMD's role is to manage the medical practice to ensure that physicians remain up to date on the latest medical practices, monitor the quality of patient care, and work seamlessly with Monroe County Hospital to provide superior services that can be had "down the road" in Macon or Atlanta. HMD works closely with Monroe County Hospital to ensure that if a hospital visit is required, whether it's in the Emergency Department or an inpatient stay, that you will receive the best care possible!