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Emergency care

If you have a medical emergency, Truman Medical Centers/University Health has you covered.

Our emergency room (ER) experts treat a wide range of injuries and illnesses, from sprains and broken bones to life-threatening conditions. Board-certified doctors and registered nurses with extensive emergency medicine training provide this care.

We provide emergency care 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at these locations:

Truman Medical Center Health Sciences District (TMC HSD)

Located in downtown Kansas City, Missouri, this ER is the area's premier trauma center. Our large facility has 48 beds and serves about 62,000 people a year. If you experience trauma or a heart attack, we will give you the expert care you need.

No matter what brings you to our ER, you can expect nonjudgmental and compassionate care. You can also expect to be treated quickly. Our door-to-provider times are below the national standard.

Services this ER provides, include:

  • Expert trauma care. As the only Missouri designated Level 1 Trauma Center, the TMC HSD ER can handle even the most severe injuries. Our team includes trauma surgeons and others with trauma training. We are also an academic medical center involved with research that advances the science of trauma care.
  • A high level of heart attack care. TMC HSD is a STEMI receiving center. A STEMI is a severe type of heart attack. Because we are a STEMI hospital, emergency responders in the community know to bring heart attack patients to our ER. After a rapid evaluation, a cardiologist will take these patients to our state-of-the-art cardiac catheterization lab for heart attack treatment.
  • Special care for victims of violence. We offer a Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner program and a BRIDGE domestic violence advocacy program.
  • Social services staff and case managers who can connect you with community resources and help you navigate the healthcare system.

Truman Medical Center (TMC) Lakewood

The TMC Lakewood ER serves Independence, Lee's Summit and surrounding communities in eastern Jackson County. The 20-bed ER sees more than 30,000 patients a year and includes an Express ED for your convenience.

The Express ED is typically for less severe emergencies. It offers quick access to providers, lab tests, x-rays and other services, usually within one hour. The Express ED is available Monday through Friday from 11 am to 7 pm.

Insurance copays for emergency services will apply when you use the Express ED.

Prompt and thorough ER care

When you arrive at one of our emergency rooms, a nurse or other healthcare provider will promptly and thoroughly evaluate your medical condition. Then you’ll be treated as soon as possible.

The care will be compassionate, respectful and nonjudgmental. Our goal is to provide the best care for our patients, no matter what brought them to our ER or their ability to pay.

Our care goes beyond the ER

Our ER team works closely with other medical specialists at both TMC HSD and TMC Lakewood. So we can easily and quickly consult with these other doctors about your care, if needed.

And should you need to see another doctor for further treatment after your ER visit, we can help get you set up with a referral.