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Emergency care

Emergency care is the treatment of unexpected, severe medical injuries or infections. It is typically delivered in an emergency room or an ambulance. Our emergency medicine physicians stabilize your condition as quickly as possible to prepare you for the next step of care or discharge.

Emergency rooms (ERs) in Western North Carolina

You don't have to face a health crisis alone.

At Mission Health's family of hospitals, our dedicated emergency teams are allies and advocates for your health. We ensure you get the critical care you need, while helping you understand what's happening and why.

Medical airlift services

Our 24/7, regional helicopter service — Mountain Area Medical Airlift (MAMA) — provides transport if you are critically ill or injured within a 150-mile radius of Asheville. This enables our adult and pediatric care teams to get you the life-saving care you need.

Our 24/7, regional helicopter service — Mountain Area Medical Airlift (MAMA) — provides transport if you are critically ill or injured within a 150-mile radius of Asheville. This enables our adult and pediatric care teams to get you the life-saving care you need.

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Medical emergencies we treat

Emergency care may be needed if you are experiencing any of the following issues or symptoms:

  • Abdominal pain
  • Arm weakness
  • Broken bones
  • Chest pain
  • Confusion
  • Deep cuts and abrasions
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Eye injuries
  • Facial drooping
  • Fever
  • Poisoning
  • Pregnancy complications
  • Seizures
  • Serious trauma
  • Severe burns
  • Severe vomiting
  • Shortness of breath
  • Speech difficulty
  • Uncontrollable bleeding
  • Weakness

Our emergency department services

With ERs across Western North Carolina, our network has 24/7 medical assistance in a location near you.

Emergency room features

If you are experiencing a medical emergency, call 911. In our ERs, you receive personalized care and rapid attention from emergency physicians who are dedicated to stabilization and healing. We have services to treat life-threatening conditions, as well as non-emergency conditions that still need quick treatment. Additionally, we provide you with access to more advanced practitioners, such as orthopedists, cardiologists and neurologists.

Some of our emergency medicine features include:

  • Comprehensive Stroke Center (CSC)
  • Emergency response protocol for heart attacks
  • Expedited transfers from regional facilities
  • FastTrack areas for minor injuries or illnesses
  • Full diagnostic testing
  • Private exam rooms
  • Trauma rooms

Pediatric emergency care

All our ERs welcome patients of all ages, including infants and children. Also, at Mission Hospital in Asheville, we have a dedicated pediatric ER. We are proud to offer emergency care that's dedicated to treating infants, children and adolescents. Our pediatric ER provides your child with developmentally-appropriate treatment and smaller equipment, a calm environment and staff with a kid-friendly approach. We offer your child the same high-quality treatment as adults in a facility that's tailored to their unique needs.

Infectious disease care

Our hospital caregivers deal with communicable diseases on a daily basis. We identify and treat infectious illnesses, while minimizing risk to caregivers, just as we have done with seasonal flu or tuberculosis. Though alternative ways to handle routine medical situations may exist, emergency concerns are always considered critical. Our facilities are staffed with experienced clinicians who are ready to assist you with emergency concerns, including red-flag symptoms, such as chest pain, sudden dizziness, weakness or numbness in limbs.

Regional transport services

Our network features an innovative and highly advanced emergency management system (EMS) and accompanying EMS team. This not only includes care from six hospitals, but also robust and growing regional transport services, behavioral transport services, telecommunications, regional disaster preparedness and disaster relief. We continually commit to patient-centered care and quality outcomes for you, your family and the community.

Forensic trauma specialty care

Our forensic nurse examiners (FNE) provide safe, comprehensive and compassionate care if you have been impacted by violence or trauma. FNEs have specialized training and education in injury identification, documentation and the collection of evidence.

FNEs provide care for all ages when you may have experienced:

  • Domestic or intimate partner violence
  • Human trafficking
  • Pediatric cases (assist child safety team)
  • Physical assault
  • Sexual assault and abuse
  • Strangulation

These services are available at the following locations during these hours:

  • Mission Hospital — 24/7
  • Buncombe County Family Justice Center in Asheville, North Carolina — Monday through Friday, 8:30am to 5:00pm

HealthBreak: Pediatric emergency room at Mission Hospital

Medical Director of Pediatrics, Dr. Ansley Miller, explains what makes this Mission Hospital ER unique as Western North Carolina's only pediatric emergency room.

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