Emergency Care

A Leader in Emergency and Trauma Care

As a Level III Trauma Center, Providence St. Mary Emergency Center is the primary receiving hospital for trauma care in the region.

No other emergency center in the valley is staffed 24 hours a day with emergency doctors who are true specialists—board-certified and residency-trained in emergency medicine—as well as nurses trained in emergency care.

Other Walla Walla Emergency & Trauma Center features include:

  • Fifteen private patient care rooms, including two for triage
  • A dedicated reception area, separate from the rest of the facility, with space for 20 to 30 people to wait comfortably
  • Direct access from the medical center’s heliport to the emergency center
  • A centrally-located nurses' station, with a private area for physician dictation and consultation
  • State-of-the-art computer and information systems

Gifts to the Trauma Center and Emergency Department help ensure the best technology and equipment are available right here in Walla Walla.

The importance of regional critical care

Jeanie King and her husband, Jerry.

My name is Jeanie King and I live in Joseph, Oregon - a small town of 1,000 people. This is how my life was saved by the critical care team at Providence St. Mary.

Right after Christmas, I came down with a severe cold and difficulty breathing. Even after three visits, none of the doctors or clinics could find the reason for my symptoms. On Super Bowl Sunday, I woke my husband in the wee hours of the morning because I was unable to breathe. I told him I needed to go to the hospital and it wasn’t long before I was unconscious.

When the ambulance arrived, I was in bad shape with respiratory failure and a severe infection. The paramedics transported me to the regional Emergency and Trauma center at Providence St. Mary Medical Center in Walla Walla. Upon arrival, I was thoroughly assessed by a trauma team. Due to my condition, I was quickly transferred to Intensive Care. Within hours, my brain began to swell, my kidneys shut down and the doctors discovered my lung had collapsed. I was diagnosed with emphysema and put into a medically-induced coma and placed on life support.

My chances of survival were very small, but the critical care team quickly went to work and never gave up. I spent six weeks in Intensive Care, where I was constantly monitored by advanced equipment and the doctors worked day and night to find out what was wrong. Dr. Davidson, the Pulmonologist, reached out to colleagues around the nation about my respiratory problems. My medicine was adjusted, the infection was resolved, Dr. Davidson found the cause of my brain swelling and a procedure was performed on my collapsed lung. My body began to heal and I came out of my coma.

During this confusing and overwhelming time, the staff showed such compassion to my loved ones. The nurses emphasized the importance of family and made sure they were cared for. They kept in constant contact with them, including them in my care. The critical care team’s persistence, knowledge and skills, along with the advanced technology and equipment, saved my life. I’m also grateful to the donors of Providence St. Mary Foundation who provided critical funding for much of the equipment.

Your tax-deductible gift will make sure exceptional care is available close to home when our friends, family and neighbors need it most.

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