Community Health Network

Ranked among the nation's most integrated healthcare systems, Community Health Network is Central Indiana's leader in providing convenient access to exceptional healthcare services, where and when patients need them—in hospitals, health pavilions, workplaces, schools and homes.

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Emergency services

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Emergency services at Community Health NetworkUnlike standalone emergency rooms, Community Health Network's state-of-the-art emergency departments in or near Indianapolis, Indiana are attached to award-winning hospitals, giving you access to a full spectrum of services and specialists. We are staffed 24 hours a day, seven days a week for walk-in visits, emergencies and ambulance runs.

Our team of board-certified emergency medicine physicians and certified nurses and respiratory therapists has expertise in treating emergency medical conditions and managing crisis situations. And we are committed to making your family's emergency room experience as comfortable, and quick, as possible. From treating chest discomfort and signs of stroke to head trauma, asthma attacks, broken bones and open wounds, our goal is to treat you appropriately and promptly.

We strive to provide a prompt and accurate diagnosis based on qualified assessments and clinical tests, and prescribe the appropriate course of care. With the full resources of our staff and hospitals, we have a variety of advanced testing procedures and specialists available if needed. In addition, Community Heart and Vascular Hospital offers the area's only dedicated heart emergency room with a cardiologist on site twenty-four hours a day.

Emergency room vs. MedCheck

What exactly is an emergency? After all, many health situations can seem like emergencies in the heat of the moment. The examples below help distinguish between life-threatening emergencies and those best handled by contacting your doctor or visiting a MedCheck walk-in clinic.

MedCheck Walk-In Care Needed
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Emergency Room Care Needed
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  • Sprains, strains or broken bones
  • Cuts, scrapes or burns
  • Elevated temperature, flu-like symptoms, sore throat, cough
  • Flu vaccine and other vaccines
  • Sports physicals
  • Bleeding that can't be stopped
  • Severe difficulty breathing
  • Chest pain and other signs of heart attack
  • Confusion, numbness or weakness of the face, arm or leg on one side of the body
  • Unconsciousness or no response
  • Skin or lips look blue, purple or gray

At Howard, it's an emergency room. Not a waiting room.

Community Howard Regional Health’s Emergency Department is always prepared with board-certified emergency medicine physicians, emergency-trained nurses and experienced personnel on duty 24 hours a day. Our door-to-doctor times are lower than the national average and our trauma nurses and staff are trained to care for burns, falls, motor vehicle accidents, and more. Learn more >>

Stay connected

At Community, we know you. We use a state-of-the-art electronic medical records system to coordinate your care. When you choose us, your previous Community medical records are available to our emergency room staff no matter which of our locations you go to. This allows us to make informed decisions about your treatment based on your health history.

If you have any questions about your care, or need information about emergency services in your area, please call 800-777-7775.

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