Singing River Health System is home to the first, largest and most experienced emergency department in Mississippi. Since 1967, we have provided continuous emergency services, even during natural disasters, now seeing more than 106,000 patients annually. A unique difference in our emergency departments is that 90% of our physicians are board certified in emergency medicine, and we have 16 nurses who are specially trained Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners (SANE) to provide extensive care to sexual assault and abuse victims.
Singing River Health System provides 24-hour emergency services at both Ocean Springs Hospital and Singing River Hospital for the Jackson County community and the surrounding areas with emergency trained and board certified physicians, including trauma specialists, radiologists, orthopedists/orthopedic surgeons, oncologists, neurologists and mental health physicians. The nurses in the Singing River Health System emergency departments all have advanced training in stroke, STEMI, trauma and adult and pediatric cardiac care.
Singing River Health System has two Level 3 trauma centers. With the coast’s only Neuro Intensive Care Unit, Singing River Health System continues to be a leader in trauma care. Over the past several years, Singing River Health System has seen emergency and trauma care continually grow at both hospitals with more than 100,000 patient visits made to our emergency departments annually.
Singing River Health System is committed to providing compassionate, quality care to Jackson County and the surrounding areas. We have the privilege and responsibility of taking care of everyone in need, regardless of whether they are covered by Medicare or Medicaid, insured or uninsured. We are committed to providing the same high standard of care to all. Community-owned, safety-net hospitals such as Ocean Springs Hospital and Singing River Hospital are vital to the health of the community.
Why the Wait?
Without a doubt, care in the emergency room often takes longer than most of us would like. Every ER has a limited amount of resources: treatment rooms, doctors, nurses, techs, supplies and machines. Given that our resources are limited, we have to do the best we can for all of our patients. This generally involves a process of “triaging” patients. When we triage patients, we are able to gain a clearer understanding of why a patient has come to the ER – scoping out the symptoms and exploring the causes of those symptoms. This process allows us to prioritize patients and utilize our resources in an effective manner.
The thing to keep in mind is that the ER is the primary location where any patient with essentially any problem can come and get some definitive, same day answers about an acute health problem or injury.
Singing River Health System emergency departments are equipped with a fast track for patients with less urgent problems, in an attempt to get patients in and out of the ER faster. The minor care system concentrates a small staff and specific rooms to help patients with simple problems that could typically be seen in a doctor’s office. The goal is to keep the average wait time to a minimal. This system separates the patients dealing with very simple problems from those having serious emergencies. It improves the experience and lessens the wait times of both types of patients.
The minor care option is available at Ocean Springs Hospital from 11am – 9pm and at Singing River Hospital from 9am – 11pm, 7 days a week.
Singing River Hospital
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