Emergency Department

The Emergency Department at Perry County Memorial Hospital is here to serve you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Patients of the Emergency Department are cared for by board-certified physicians, nurses and technicians who specialize in emergency medicine. All Emergency Department physicians are certified in advanced life support for trauma, cardiac and pediatric care. All Emergency Department nurses are certified in advanced life support for cardiac and pediatric care. The nurses also have Trauma Nurse Core Certification. Other providers may be involved in your stay as well, and could include your doctor and specialty physicians.

To expedite your care, the Emergency Department at PCMH works closely with other departments throughout the hospital. We have immediate access to state-of-the-art diagnostic imaging services, along with laboratory services. We also work closely with the Ambulance Department, which has incorporated 12-lead EKG technology. 12-lead EKG provides us with needed information to assist patients with acute myocardial infarction (heart attack) and early detection of ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI). This means the Emergency Department at PCMH can prepare the plan of care for patients before they arrive.

After Hours Care

After hours care is available at Perry County Memorial Hospital to offer a less expensive alternative for patients who need care well after most physician's offices are closed. After hours care is provided in the Emergency Department of PCMH and the patient must meet certain criteria to qualify. After hours patients are mildly ill with a low level of medical complexity and decision making involved.

After hours care is open:

  • Monday through Friday from 5 to 9 p.m.
  • Saturday, Sunday, and legal public holidays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Legal holidays include: New Year's Day, Memorial Day, Fourth of July, Labor Day, Thanksgiving and Christmas. (A legal public holiday is not necessarily the observed holiday, but one that affects physician office's normal business hours from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.)


Patients with the following conditions qualify for after hours care:

  • Simple/quick exam with or without a prescription.
  • Rapid strep, urinalysis (once), urine pregnancy and/or flu testing with appropriate treatment.
  • Simple wound culture with or without script.
  • Minor wound rechecks, skin closure bandages and minor dressing change without complications.
  • Steri-Strips.

Patients with these medical needs do not qualify:

  • X-rays.
  • Other lab work not listed above such as blood drawing.
  • Sutures.
  • Patients who arrive by ambulance.

Upon arrival, the patient will be admitted to the Emergency Department and a medical examination performed. A plan of care will be determined by the physician. After treatment and testing of the patient in the Emergency Department, the patient's record will be reviewed and after hours qualification will be determined.

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