Emergency Department

Emergency Department

Call 911 if you need immediate help.

If you find yourself in an emergency situation, the emergency department at Colorado Canyons Hospital and Medical Center can take care of you and your loved ones. We have board certified physicians and emergency trained nurses in our facility 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Level IV Trauma Center

Colorado Canyons Hospital and Medical Center’s emergency department is certified by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment as a level IV trauma center. We provide surgical and critical care services as defined by the level IV scope of trauma care services.

Most importantly, trauma-trained nurses and board certified physicians are immediately available upon the patients’ arrival in the emergency department. We provide evaluation, diagnostic testing, stabilization which includes procedures or surgery when needed, and if necessary, transfer to a higher level of care.

What to Expect

A trip to the ER can sometimes be a frightening and unsettling experience. We hope that by knowing what to expect we can provide reassurance to you and your family that while your situation is anything but routine to you, we practice emergency medicine every day. Our emergency staff is committed to providing the best possible emergency care possible.

Here is an overview of the steps patients can expect during a visit to Colorado Canyons Hospital and Medical Center:

Arrival and Triage

When arriving at the ER, we will assess or “triage” the severity of your condition. Triage is simply the process of evaluating your condition.When you arrive, you will usually be seen by a triage nurse who will assess your medical condition by evaluating your vital signs, medical complaints and information you provide about past medical problems and allergies. The triage nurse’s task is to ensure that patients with urgent medical conditions are promptly seen.


After triage, you will be taken to a private treatment room where a registration staff member will complete the registration process. They will ask you for medical information and to provide consent for medical treatment.

Diagnosis and Treatment

An emergency medicine doctor, a registered nurse with specialized emergency training and one or more lab or other technicians make up the emergency medical team that will care for you. Your doctor will review your medical history and perform an exam or evaluation. The doctor may order tests, make a diagnosis, begin treatment, or consult with other specialists or your family doctor (if you have one). The nurses and technicians will help execute the doctor’s orders. Once you are stabilized and emergency treatment is rendered, a decision is made to admit you to the hospital or send you home with instructions for follow-up care.

Patient Discharge

When you are discharged from the Emergency Department, your doctor or nurse will give you any prescriptions the doctor has ordered and review with you a set of written “discharge instructions.” They will answer your questions and describe any recommended follow-up care. It is very important that you understand and follow these instructions. If you do not understand them, please let the doctor or nurse know. If you get home and have any questions or concerns, please call the emergency department at 970-858-2119.

If You Are Admitted to the Hospital

If you need specialized care and are admitted to the hospital, our goal is to move you to a hospital room as quickly as possible so that you are more comfortable and treatment or additional testing can begin.

Colorado Indigent Care Program (CICP)

This Colorado program helps people with low income and limited assets pay their medical bills. To be eligible you must be a Colorado resident, U.S. citizen or documented alien, and not qualify for Medicaid. To obtain coverage for the medical care you receive, you must apply for CICP within 90 days of your hospital date of service. Call our Financial Counselor at (970) 858-2142 for more information.

Financial Counseling

We see everyone that comes to our emergency department for care, regardless of ability to pay. We do have a Financial Counselor to assist you.

While we hope that you are never in need of emergency care, we want you to know that we are here for you and your loved ones.
For more information call the Emergency Department desk at (970) 858-2119.

ER @ Colorado Canyons Hospital & Medical Center

300 W. Ottley Ave.

Fruita, CO  81521 map-icon_brown

Emergency: 911

Emergency Desk: 970-858-2119