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Emergency Care

Emergency Care

When you have an emergency, getting to a hospital emergency room (ER) is key – and choosing a hospital with the right experience and credentials necessary to treat your emergency is crucial.

If you think you may be experiencing a medical emergency, immediately call 911.

Rapides Regional Medical Center’s Emergency Room is the only hospital in Central Louisiana that offers Trauma Care Services and is recognized as a Certified Primary Stroke Center and Accredited Chest Pain Center, Cycle IV.

What to expect?

When visiting an emergency room, you’ll notice that the process is a bit different than what you would experience in your doctor’s office. While in our emergency department, here’s what you can expect:


A Triage nurse will assess you upon your arrival and evaluate your chief complaint and vital signs. Your priority of treatment is based on the severity of your illness, as determined by the trauma nurse. You will be seen in order of arrival time, unless you are determined to be seriously ill or unstable. Those patients determined to be emergency will be taken to the treatment area immediately.


The registration clerk will obtain information for your medical record, including billing information. The clerk will also obtain authorization for treatment from your insurance company. All patients will be medically screened, evaluated and stabilized regardless of insurance or ability to pay.

Our Commitment to You

It is the policy of Rapides Regional Medical Center that anyone who comes to our emergency department for examination and/or treatment of any emergency medical condition or for active labor will receive examination, stabilization treatment and/or transfer as determined by the patient’s needs and the capabilities of the hospital.The provision of emergency services and care shall not be based upon, nor affected by, the person’s race, ethnicity, religion, national origin, citizenship, age, sex, pre-existing condition, physical or mental handicap, insurance, status or ability to pay for medical services.