24/7 Care for Your Urgent Needs


The Emergency Department at Jefferson Community Health & Life serves our community 24 hours a day, seven days a week, including weekends and holidays. Nurses staff the health center at all times. Medical staff, laboratory, radiology and surgery teams are also on call at all times. Jefferson Community Health & Life has two fully equipped emergency/trauma rooms, and we also use outpatient clinic rooms to treat those with less traumatic needs.

Every patient who comes to the emergency room is assessed by a nurse so we understand the history of the problem as well as the patient’s current vital signs, physical condition, medication and medical history. After the initial assessment, the nurse will contact a physician or physician assistant.

Patients can enter through the Outpatient/Emergency entrance on the south side of the facility. A circle drive is available for easy patient drop off and pick up. The outside vestibule door is always unlocked, allowing patients to get in out of the weather. After normal outpatient clinic hours (generally 7:00 am to 4:30 pm) the interior door is locked. The interior Emergency Room vestibule door is locked after hours for the safety of our customers and staff. Please pick up the phone for assistance.

If you have questions about emergency services at Jefferson Community Health & Life, please contact Judy McGee, RN, Chief Nursing Officer, or Chad Jurgens, Chief Executive Officer.

Tips for Emergency Visits


  • Call first. Staff may be able to give additional instructions or help determine if an emergency room visit is necessary.

  • Bring your list of current medications, including prescription medication, over-the-counter medications and herbal medications.

  • Know your health history and be ready to share it.

  • Be ready to describe your symptoms, including when they started and how severe they are.