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St. Joseph Medical Center Emergency Services

Trauma 10 yearsWhen medical emergencies occur, the physicians, nurses and other skilled caregivers at the St. Joseph Medical Center Emergency Department in Tacoma are ready 24 hours a day, seven days a week. St. Joseph emergency services include:

  • 24-hour care
  • 24 treatment rooms
  • State-of-the-art technology
  • Roof-top helipad for medical airlifts
  • Trauma care
  • Dedicated ambulance and walk-in entries
  • Comfortable family waiting areas

Tacoma Trauma Center

St. Joseph Medical Center provides Level II trauma services in partnership with MultiCare Tacoma General Hospital and Madigan Army Medical Center to ensure care for critically injured and wounded individuals. Learn more about the Tacoma Trauma Center.

Where you go for your care matters

Emergency department: Use the hospital emergency room only for very serious or life-threatening problems (chest pain, severe abdominal pain, coughing or vomiting blood, deep cuts or punctures, bleeding that will not stop, head injuries, severe burns, sudden blurred vision, difficulty breathing, seizures, numbness in the face, arm or leg, high fevers).

Doctor’s office: A doctor’s office or clinic is the best place to get care for common illnesses, minor injuries and routine health exams. Your doctor can also help you manage your health over time.

Urgent care clinic: Go to an urgent care clinic for treatment of common illnesses (colds, flu, ear aches, sore throats, migraines, fever, rashes) and minor injuries (strains, back pain, minor cuts and burns, minor broken bones, minor eye injuries) if your regular doctor or health care provider is not available. Urgent care is provided at Franciscan Prompt Care clinics.