The purpose of our Emergency Department is to serve the critically ill and seriously injured patients as well as those who require immediate healthcare attention. All patients are cared for using a triage method, which means caring for life-threatening conditions first and then caring for patients with more stable conditions.

The technology the department has to offer is of the highest standards and available to the ED physician to use at his/her discretion. These tools are available to help in attaining the most accurate diagnosis and treatment plan for the patient. The ED Team strives to provide the highest quality of care possible in the most expedited manner. We pride ourselves in keeping your visit length as short as possible while providing you with the highest level of treatment and emergency care. (Visit lengths will vary depending on patient condition and department load.)

Putnam County Hospital is proud of the Emergency Department services that we provide to our community. Our staff is committed to meeting your emergency needs. Please know – YOU are in good hands should an emergency arise!

If you are experiencing any of the following, please go to the nearest Emergency Department right away:
  • Chest pain or heart attack
  • Automobile injuries
  • Sudden onset of weakness, paralysis, difficulty speaking, or change in mental status
  • Difficulty breathing or pulmonary problems
  • Falls
  • Poisonings
  • Burns
  • Emotional distress that could lead to one harming themselves or others
  • Injuries caused by violence
Many other conditions may also be treated in the emergency department, and the above list is only suggestive of some emergent problems. Consult your family physician if you have any questions. We are here 24/7 to better care for you and your family.

If you suspect someone may be having a stroke, remember the acronym FAST to help determine if immediate emergency help is needed.

  • F = Face: Ask the person to smile. A face that appears crooked or drooping may be a sign of a stroke.
  • A = Arms: Ask the person to lift both arms in the air. Difficulty with one arm, may indicate a stroke.
  • S = Speech: Ask the person to speak. Slurred words or trouble speaking are signs of a stroke.
  • T = Time: If any of the above symptoms are present, you must call 911 immediately.

A heart attack is a very scary and serious situation. If you or someone you know is experiencing any of the following symptoms, please seek emergency assistance immediately. Delaying medical attention when experiencing such indicators can be detrimental.

  • Uncomfortable pressure, squeezing, fullness or pain in the center of the chest.
  • Discomfort in other areas of the upper body.
  • Shortness of breath with or without chest discomfort.
  • Other signs include, cold sweat, nausea, and light-headedness.