ER Wait Time: 4 minutes | If you are having a medical emergency, call 9-1-1.

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Emergency Services

Our highly trained medical professionals in the Emergency Department at St. Joseph Medical Center are here for your peace of mind 24 hours a day, seven days a week. St. Joseph has earned Chest Pain accreditation showing that patient who present to the Emergency Department with chest pain, know they will get the care they need. We are also a Primary, Level 2 Stroke Center and earned the gold plus award from the American Stroke Association. St. Joseph has a proven track record in providing the best possible outcomes for our patients.

To access any of the Emergency Department’s services, use the west entrance. There is a covered ambulance entrance and parking for emergency patients only.

For more information about the Emergency Department at St. Joseph, call 816-943-2710.

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About Our ER Wait Time

ER wait time is the average wait time for a patient to see a registered nurse during the triage (evaluation) process in our ER. After patients are triaged (evaluated), they are seen by qualified medical professionals in priority order, according to their medical condition and reason for visit. Times are approximate and provided for information purposes only.

GetCareNow – Reserve Your ER Arrival Time

For life-threatening emergencies call 9-1-1

Let us know you’re coming. Select your emergency room arrival time and wait at home until your time to be seen.

At St. Joseph Medical Center, we strive to make it easier for you to handle life’s unexpected events. This service is just one more way that we are transforming the healthcare experience.

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Emergency Department

Whether it’s a sore throat, cuts, broken bones or a life threatening event, our team is ready. All Emergency Room Department physicians are trained in Emergency Medicine and concentrate on giving you the best medical care. We are a 24 bed department with 3 Fast Track Exam rooms to get you seen, feeling better, and home with your loved ones quickly. Here at St. Joseph Medical Center we value your time, and strive to give the best experience during your worst times.

In addition, we work closely with you to manage your long-term health and wellness. Our clinicians develop a discharge plan with you and your family to help you manage your future healthcare needs.

Geriatric Emergency Department Accreditation (GEDA)

At St. Joseph Medical Center, seniors have earned a little extra consideration, and we are honored to care for the older adults of Kansas City.

St. Joseph Medical Center earned the Geriatric Emergency Department Accreditation (GEDA) recognizing emergency departments that go above and beyond to provide excellent care for older adults. The GEDA program is the culmination of years of progress in emergency care of older adults. In 2014, four geriatric focused organizations developed and released geriatric ED guidelines. These guidelines recommended measures ranging from adding geriatric-friendly equipment to specialized staff to more routine screening for delirium, dementia, and fall risk, among other vulnerabilities.

The voluntary GEDA program provides specific criteria and goals for emergency clinicians and administrators to target. A Geriatric Accredited emergency department must incorporate selected best practices, as well as provide inter-disciplinary geriatric education, and have geriatric appropriate equipment and supplies available.


At the St. Joseph Medical Center emergency department, we’ll see you quickly, and we take the time to evaluate your condition and develop the best plan of care for you. With our geriatric-trained Emergency Nurses, our collaborative Emergency Room team is trained to identify older adults that need extra support during and after their hospitalization.

Our accredited senior Emergency Department features an atmosphere to enhance safety and comfort. During your stay, you can expect the following:

  • Educated Geriatric Emergency Nurses
  • Easy-to-read signs and clocks
  • Pressure-reducing mattresses
  • Tranquil Environment
  • Handrails
  • Extra seating for family
  • Skid-proof footwear & flooring
  • Large print signage and documents
  • Reading glasses & hearing devices
  • Warm blankets
  • Walkers

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