Verde Valley Medical Center provides a physician-staffed Emergency department 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Verde Valley Medical Center is a state-designated as a Level IV Trauma Center.
The physicians are supported by registered nurses trained in Advanced Cardiac Life Support, Pediatric Advanced Life Support and Advanced Trauma Life Support.
The ED has 24 treatment rooms which includes three trauma bays, four rapid treatment rooms and an observation/holding area. The ED also has a two bed Pediatric observation unit. The ED has standing triage protocols which allow for rapid intervention and therapy. “Triage” is the medical system of classifying patients according to their condition. Triage ensures that patients with life-threatening conditions always are treated first. This means that patients are not always seen in the order they arrive at the hospital.
Through established protocols, the ED and Cardiac Cath Lab team have established one of the best national door-to-balloon times in cardiac interventional care. Recently there has been much media attention surrounding the fact that medical research shows fewer than 25 percent of hospitals in the United States provide emergency care to heart attack patients quickly enough to meet scientific guidelines for saving lives. Recommended national guidelines for door-to-balloon time (when a patient arrives in distress to when the interventional procedure is started) is 90 minutes or less. VVMC’s door-to-balloon times average 60 minutes or less – far superior to the national guidelines.
VVMC provides cardiac, pediatric and general emergency interventions. The VVMC Emergency department also functions as a medical base station. VVMC gives medical direction and training to the field medics of EMS departments in the Verde Valley. All medical transports have field transmission capability to send electrocardiograms directly to the hospital, which speeds care at patient time of arrival.
VVMC has an on-site medically dedicated helicopter, Angel 3, which allows VVMC to respond even more quickly to the medical transportation needs of North Central Arizona.