Emergency Care

If you are experiencing a medical emergency, please call 911 or seek treatment at the nearest emergency department.

Lake Regional's Emergency Department physicians and nurses care for nearly 35,000 patients annually, yet our average door-to-provider time is the fastest in mid-Missouri. We assess each patient and follow emergency medical protocols to deliver timely care and life-saving treatment.

Mid-Missouri's Fastest Door-To-Provider Times

Our Emergency Department ranks in the top 10 percent nationally for door-to-provider time. Lake Regional patients spent, on average, only seven minutes in the ED before they were seen by a physician or nurse practitioner; according to CMS, the state average for this measure was 28 minutes.  

Average time patients spent in the Emergency Department before they were seen by a healthcare professional:

  • Lake Regional Health System - 7 minutes
  • Capital Regional Medical Center - 14 minutes
  • Mercy Hospital - Lebanon - 14 minutes
  • St. Mary's Health Center - 35 minutes
  • Source: Medicare.gov/hospitalcompare

Advanced Emergency Services:

  • State-designated Level III Trauma Center: Our emergency department provides 24-hour emergency medical service to a five-county area. Lake Regional receives patients from seven ground ambulance services and an air ambulance, owned and operated by Air Methods Corp., based at the hospital. The ED team includes full-time emergency physicians with clinical interests in the specialized field of emergency medicine and nursing staff trained in advanced cardiac life support, pediatric advanced life support and trauma care.
  • 24/7 Emergency Cardiac Care: Lake Regional's Emergency Department is beating the clock for heart attack care, with the help of our cardiologists, Cath Lab staff and local EMS providers. Learn more about the exceptional cardiac care at Lake Regional.   
  • Stroke Center: Lake Regional Health System is a state-designated Level II Stroke Center offering comprehensive stroke care and recovery, including treatment from board-certified neurologists, specially trained Emergency Department physicians and staff, and rehabilitation services. Learn more about the signs of stroke and what action you should take in the event of a stroke.  
  • Lake Area SANE/SART: Lake Regional's Emergency Department, in partnership with Lake Area SART, has made great strides in the response to victims of crime. Learn more about Lake Regional's SANE/SART program.


Emergency vs. Urgent Care

Wondering which level of care is right for you? Click here. If you're not sure, please call 911 now or seek treatment at your nearest emergency department.