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Emergency Services

The Emergency Department at Myrtue Medical Center is staffed 24/7 with highly trained professionals specializing in medical emergencies providing our patients with accessible patient and family-centered care.

Emergency Department Addition + Renovation 2023-2024

Myrtue Medical Center’s Board of Trustees approved a $7.7 million dollar expansion and renovation of the Emergency Department. With the receipt of grant funding from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) in the amount of $1 million to spearhead the project, the hospital will move forward with renovation to increase space and improve workflow in the Emergency Department with the addition of patient rooms and staff work areas.

Learn more about our addition and renovation here.

Level IV Trauma Center

We are a Level IV Trauma Center serving Shelby County and surrounding communities under the medical direction of Dr. Scott Markham. We maintain close relationships with Level I trauma centers in Omaha, Nebraska. Myrtue is the first critical access hospital in the state of Iowa to receive the American Heart Association’s Mission:Lifeline Silver Referring Achievement Award for excellence in cardiac care.

Our 5-bed emergency room cares for all types of emergencies including heart attacks, strokes, trauma, fractures, serious medical emergencies, mental health issues and other urgent care needs. We offer tele-stroke services through the University of Nebraska Medical Center as well as tele-psych assessments. Our emergency room staff works closely with LifeFlight, Medivac, Shelby County EMS and the local volunteer ambulance services in addition to ancillary departments such as lab, diagnostic imaging, respiratory therapy, anesthesia and surgery.

Every Second Counts

Emergencies can happen at any time, anywhere. When dealing with a medical emergency, every second counts.

Call 911 or go to your nearest emergency room if you are experiencing any of the following symptoms:

  • Seizure or sudden loss of consciousness
  • Sudden numbness or weakness of face, arm or leg
  • Heart attack, chest pain or chest pressure
  • Disorientation or difficulty speaking
  • Severe shortness of breath or severe asthma attack
  • Head injury or major trauma
  • Blurred vision or loss of vision
  • Severe cuts or burns
  • Overdose
  • Uncontrolled bleeding
  • Coughing up or vomiting blood
  • Possible broken bones
  • Severe allergic reactions
  • Major injuries

At Myrtue Medical Center, you can count on experienced emergency care, expert physicians and staff, advanced medical technologies, and the confidence of knowing you are in capable, compassionate hands.

How to Spot a Stroke F.A.S.T.

F.A.S.T. is an easy way to remember the sudden signs of a stroke and what you need to do when it happens. When you spot the signs, call 911 right away.

  • Face Drooping
  • Arm Weakness
  • Speech Difficulty
  • Time to Call 911
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