Emergency medicine is a medical specialty in which a physician receives practical training to care for patients with acute illnesses or injuries that require immediate medical attention. While not usually providing long-term or continuing care, emergency medicine physicians diagnose a variety of illnesses and undertake acute interventions to stabilize the patient.

At Capital Medical Center, the Emergency Department is staffed with emergency medical professionals and is available 24 hours every day. Emergency medicine should not be substituted for general practice. By law, emergency departments may not be able to treat non-emergent medical issues.

As your community hospital, we are here to care for you 24 hours a day, seven days a week, when a health emergency arises.

If you have a serious or life-threatening problem, call 911.

Emergency responders can begin providing care the moment they and you arrive.

In the Emergency Department, our experienced team of physicians and skilled nursing staff are committed to providing excellent care when you or your family needs it most.

As the only hospital in West Olympia, Capital’s Emergency Department is dedicated to providing

The Emergency Department Goal

As the only hospital in West Olympia, Capital’s Emergency Department is dedicated to providing emergent treatment with courtesy, respect and skill to our community and surrounding areas. Our Emergency Medicine providers work closely with specialists in respective fields such as cardiology and orthopedics to provide comprehensive care for your condition.

It is our goal not only to meet our patients’ needs, but also to exceed the expectations of the people in the community we serve.

Preparing for your Emergency Visit

Whenever possible, it is a good idea to bring a friend or family member with you to the ER. We also recommend that you keep the following items in a convenient place (vehicle glove compartment) so they’re at hand to grab quickly when leaving for the ER:

  • A list of your medications, allergies and health problems
  • Names of your personal physicians
  • Emergency contact information
  • Drivers license or other valid identification
  • Advance health care directives

In the Emergency Room

While all who come to the Emergency Room are sick or are in pain, we recognize that some patients’ problems have the potential to be immediately life-threatening. These patients must be attended to first. Your understanding is appreciated if you notice that a patient is seen out-of-turn.

We know that having an emergency can be stressful. For this reason, our compassionate staff will keep you and your family informed about your condition throughout the day.

After your Emergency Visit

If you need follow-up care after an Emergency Room visit, please call our Physician Referral Line at 1-800-798-5143. A specialist will assist you in finding a provider to meet your needs.

  • Emergency Department Director: Stewart Mason, RN: 360-956-3534
  • Emergency Department Medical Director: Amy Larson, MD