Wrangell Medical Center's Emergency Department offers:
Registered Nurse on duty 24 hours a day
Physician on call 24 hours a day
Available for treatment of all minor illnesses and injuries, hospital admission or stabilization and medevac of serious or critical patients.
Emergency Room Frequently asked questions
We are here to help The main goal of the Emergency Department at Wrangell Medical Center is to help you feel better. One way we can do that is to let you know what to expect while you are with us. Here are answers to questions often asked by our visitors. We hope this information helps make your visit as pleasant as possible.
Who will I see when arrive at the Emergency Department? The Emergency Department is staffed around the clock by a nurse, and our physicians are on-call 24 hours a day. If you arrive after hours (5pm — 8am) you will talk with the nurse on call, who will ask you for basic information such as your name, age and social security number. This information is used to start setting up your hospital medical record. The nurse will talk with you about your illness or injury and ask questions about your medical background. The nurse will contact the physician on-call. Depending on your emergency, a determination will be made to whether you can be discharged.
Will I have to be admitted to the hospital? You only need to stay in the hospital if the doctors think you need more care, or if they want to keep an eye on you for a while. When this is the case, we will assign a room to you. We will make you as comfortable as possible until your room is ready. We are generally able to get people into a room quickly, but when there are a lot of patients, you may have to wait until another patient is discharged and the room is cleaned and disinfected.
Will I need to leave Wrangell? If your emergency requires a higher level of care than can be provided
at a Critical Access Hospital, you may be medically evacuated, or "medevaced" to another facility. Wrangell Medical Center patients are sometimes medevaced to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle or one of the hospitals in Anchorage, depending on the nature of the emergency. In some cases, you may be treated here, and referred to a specialty treatment as a follow up.
Can someone be with me while I'm in a treatment room? Yes, you may have visitors with you, but there may be times when we may ask your visitors to remain in the hospital lobby or to step out of the Emergency Department if crowding interferes with your safety or the medical staff's ability to provide you with the best possible care.
For more information about the Emergency Room, please call 907-874-7000 for direction to the appropriate department.