Heart of America Medical Center Emergency Department is staffed 24 hours a day by a team of physicians, physician assistants, family nurse practitioners and registered nurses trained in emergency medicine. Our registered nurses are certified in basic and advanced cardiac life support, pediatric advanced life support and trauma nursing.
Each year HAMC Emergency Department treats approximately 2,200 patients. Designated as a Level V Trauma Center by the ND State Trauma Committee, we are equipped to handle medical emergencies ranging from lacerations to life-threatening illnesses and injuries. All beds are equipped with cardiac/respiratory monitors, which transmit data to nurses' stations for constant, visual monitoring of each patient's status.
In 2011, HAMC added eEmergency equipment to its emergency room and intensive care unit. Through Avera Health Services in Sioux Falls (S.D.), HAMC uses a system of computers and sophisticated technology to communicate with an emergency room physician and nurse at the touch of a button. The medical emergency team from Avera Health can accurately monitor patients from an off-site location, 24 hours/day. This means Rugby patients can stay at HAMC and receive the benefits of advice and care from Sioux Falls.