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Madera Emergency Services

Open 24/7

Madera Community Hospital provides emergency services 24 hours per day, 7 days per week. Our 16 bed Emergency Department receives over 36,000 patient visits annually - making the Emergency Department one of our most valuable services to the community. We are staffed all hours of the day with a team of medical specialists including orthopedics, tele-stroke and Vituity Healthcare contracted medical doctors and mid-level providers. We handle everything from the initial diagnosis of illness to stabilization of major injuries and severe health events.

Resources in any emergency department are limited, and it is important patients in critical condition are treated first.

What to Expect

Our emergency department process has changed in order to provide you higher-quality care in a timely manner. Our goal is to keep you well informed throughout your stay in the emergency department.

  • Step 1: Registration including health symptoms or complaints.
  • Step 2: A nurse will welcome you and start your evaluation.
  • Step 3: Your medical team will talk with you to determine your plan of care.
  • Step 4: Your care may or may not include: Lab Tests, X-Ray, Medications.
  • Step 5: The medical team will explain each step of your care. Based on your medical team's evaluation you will be discharged, admitted to the hospital or transferred to specialty medical services.
  • Step 6: The discharge clerk will verify your demographics to complete your visit.

What to Bring

  • All prescriptions, over the counter and herbal medications (Tylenol, Motrin, etc.), that you are taking or a list of all medications noting dosage and frequency. This list will allow staff to know which medications can be used to treat you during your stay or which medications to avoid.
  • An accurate medical history noting past surgeries or significant past medical illnesses. Examples: diabetes, high blood pressure (hypertension), coronary artery disease, bleeding disorder, hepatitis, etc.
  • One relative or a close friend. Leave children at home. This reduces crowding and allows staff members to focus their attention on care. Healthy people, especially young children, are more susceptible to illnesses and should only visit when necessary.

Where to Go

While the emergency department at Madera Community will not turn anyone away, it's important for you to know what is considered an medical emergency.

True emergency examples:

  • Altered Mental State
  • Heart Attacks
  • Stroke
  • Fractures
  • Severe Bleeding
  • Chest Pain
  • Trouble Breathing
  • Head Injuries
  • Major Trauma
  • Loss of Consciousness
  • Severe Headaches
  • Confusion
  • Severe Abdominal Pain

Ailments better treated at a doctor's office or clinic:

  • Sprains
  • Prescription Refills
  • Rashes
  • Certain Coughs
  • Runny Nose

Primary care doctors are a person's best provider because they know a person's medical history. People without insurance have other options other than the Emergency Department, located near the Emergency Department on the Madera Community Hospital Campus.

Terrance McGovern, DO

Terrance McGovern, DO
Medical Director, Emergency Services


Use the entrance on the frontage road just south of the main hospital entrance

1250 E Almond Ave, Madera CA 93637
Telephone: (559) 675-5520
Open 24 hours/day, 365 days/year