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Emergency Care

Frequently Asked Questions

Emergency Services FAQ

What age of patients can be treated at a TriHealth Emergency Department?

TriHealth Emergency Departments care for patients of all ages, from newborn to geriatric care with protocols based on age of patient seen.

How long will I have to wait to see a physician?

Door-to-doctor time will typically be faster at Bethesda Arrow Springs, Bethesda Butler, Good Samaritan Western Ridge and McCullough Hyde. Approximate wait times are available at Please know that higher acuity patients will always be seen with a greater sense of urgency, so wait times are not equal for all patients. Patients with life-threatening injuries or issues will receive priority care.

Will my Primary Care doctor be able to see the records from my visit to the TriHealth Emergency Department?

TriHealth uses Epic (Electronic Medical Records) for coordinated communication between all physicians within the network. Test results can also be shared electronically with the patient through MyChart. TriHealth’s network of physicians includes the largest group of Pediatric and Primary Care physicians in the region and a comprehensive network of Physician Specialists.

What services are available at TriHealth Emergency Departments?

All TriHealth Emergency Departments offer 24-hour comprehensive emergency care, comprehensive diagnostic services including CT and MRI, laboratory and pharmacy services.

Is care for a heart attack available at all TriHealth Emergency Departments?

Cardiology testing is available at all Emergency Departments. Cardiac Catheterization is performed 24/7 at TriHealth Bethesda North Hospital and TriHealth Good Samaritan Hospital. TriHealth is the leading heart and vascular program in the region, performing more heart surgeries than any other system in the region with the largest team of cardiovascular surgeons in the region.

Is care for stroke available at all TriHealth Emergency Departments?

Yes, TriHealth’s system of certified stroke care is the largest of any health system in the region, with Good Samaritan Hospital’s recognized expertise supporting centers across the area to bring stroke care to you. TriHealth’s Good Samaritan Hospital has been designated as a Comprehensive Stroke Center (CSC) by The Joint Commission, offering you a best-in-class stroke care destination. This certification is the highest designation awarded by The Joint Commission for stroke care, officially recognizing Good Samaritan Hospital’s unsurpassed ability to care for any and all stroke patients, regardless of acuity, complexity, or severity.

  • Good Samaritan Hospital – Comprehensive Stroke Center
  • Bethesda North Hospital – Primary Stroke Center
  • Bethesda Butler Hospital – Acute Stroke Ready
  • Good Samaritan Western Ridge – Acute Stroke Ready
  • Bethesda Arrow Springs – Acute Stroke Ready

Are Behavioral Health Services available at all Emergency Departments?

Yes, all Emergency Departments have intake capabilities for behavioral health issues. Good Samaritan Hospital has both in-patient and out-patient behavioral health services.

Does TriHealth offer sexual assault and domestic violence care?

CARES (Center for Abuse and Rape Emergency Services) is a TriHealth program staffed by SANE-trained registered nurses offered at all TriHealth Emergency Departments. The CARES program offers services to victims of sexual assault, elder abuse and domestic violence. Our compassionate staff is a team of professional registered nurses who have received training through the Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) Program. They are on call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to provide victims with the support and resources they need. The team is specially trained to collect evidence in both sexual assault and domestic violence cases.