Emergency Care at Wellstar
Across Wellstar Health System, we provide expert, life-saving emergency care that’s close to home, 24 hours a day. When you experience an unexpected health event, our highly-trained providers are ready with a full range of emergency services.
Wellstar operates Georgia’s largest trauma care network. We have established the largest emergency department in the Southeast and the second largest in the country. Our well-trained team is here for you across 10 emergency departments throughout metro Atlanta and West Georgia. We treat a full range of life-threatening emergency conditions, whether you are experiencing a heart attack or stroke, need emergency surgery or specialized care for a traumatic injury.
At our Wellstar emergency departments, we treat patients of all ages and are well-prepared for the challenges which healthcare brings in each stage of life from infancy through older age. We offer women’s care which focuses on their specific needs and concerns. Within the broad net of our service community, you won’t have to travel far to find pediatric emergency care, as well, which gives our youngest patients specialized treatment options. Visiting any of our four pediatric emergency departments, your child will feel better when they receive a kid-sized cast or height-matched crutches; you’ll feel better knowing their emergency healthcare is in compassionate, able hands.
As the only health system in Georgia with Level I, II and III Trauma Centers and a dedicated Burn Center, and more hospitals than any other system in the state recognized as Emergency Cardiac Care Centers, we deliver award-winning care. The Joint Commission on hospital standards has designated many of our hospitals as Primary or Remote Treatment Stroke Centers. Wellstar Kennestone Hospital is one of only five of Georgia’s certified Comprehensive Stroke Centers and the first in Georgia designated a Comprehensive Cardiac Care Center.
We’ve been awarded high distinctions like the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award, a congressional honor which recognizes quality management and performance excellence. Also, Wellstar is the first healthcare system in the nation certified by the International Association of Emergency Managers (IAEM), the premiere worldwide certification for Emergency Preparedness and Management. The Emergency Nurses Association (ENA) has awarded their Lantern Award to Wellstar Paulding Hospital. This award recognizes emergency departments that demonstrate excellent practice and innovative performance through leadership, education, advocacy, and research.
Our experienced physicians utilize the most advanced technology to bring you the best results. When healthcare providers at our facilities seek a higher level of specialized care for patients, our transfer center coordinates their rapid movement to the appropriate care facility. Along with our advanced emergency treatment capabilities, we provide comprehensive, fast-track care for less severe injuries, as well, with many of our emergency departments offering online check-in to get you seen even more efficiently. (Just tap or click “Book Now” at the top of this page, and select “Emergency Care” on the next page.)
The health professionals of our Wellstar emergency departments are ready to take care of you. On every visit, you'll find welcoming compassion, steady hands, and world-class expertise to help you heal.
Trauma Care at Wellstar
Trauma is often a part of an emergency health crisis. That’s why our Emergency Care Departments are specially equipped to handle traumatic injuries.
Wellstar Emergency Departments have become recognized go-to facilities in Georgia and the country for trauma-related emergency care. Wellstar Cobb Hospital is not only a Level III Trauma Center, but also a dedicated Wound Treatment and Burn Center. Wellstar Kennestone Hospital and Wellstar North Fulton Hospital have both earned the Level II Trauma Center designation, two of only eight Level II Trauma Centers in Georgia. Wellstar Atlanta Medical Center runs a Level I Trauma Center.
Trauma care encompasses a number of specialties with providers ready in an instant to take care of you. Interventions for traumatic injuries, including those from burns, falls, gunshot wounds and car accidents, are carried out by our trauma surgeons, poised and ready to meet moments of life-or-death decision making calmly and skillfully. The wide range of technology and treatments available at Wellstar gives trauma patients better outcomes and the hope of a full life after recovery.
With one of the largest hospital systems in the state and thousands of specialists in our network, you can always get the care you need with Wellstar. No matter which hospital or medical facility you visit, our providers will seamlessly connect you with the full power of our entire healthcare network.
We Serve Our Patients
At Wellstar, our professionals know that you are more than a diagnosis or condition, and that you trust our insights and expertise to get you well. Our expert healthcare providers make up a diverse team of highly-trained doctors, specialists and team members who are prepared to support you every step of the way.
Our emergency departments are well-designed to handle all aspects of your emergency. Efficient arrival and intake processes help connect you to the care you need quickly. Innovative, functional floor layouts make the best use of clinical spaces to allow for more comfortable, effective care. Care zones keep patients and visitors safe and able to meet with doctors easily. Following healthcare industry best practices, we ensure patients are prioritized to receive the right level of care at the right time.
In the middle of all this activity, you’ll find our Wellstar professionals always ready to assist with your specific health crisis and your needs with expert, individualized care.
Our Care Team
Board-certified physicians and surgeons are the core of our emergency services, providing expert care that can make the difference between life and death. Their work is supported by advanced practice providers who carry out the procedures, testing and imaging that help lead to accurate diagnoses and treatment. Professional registered nurses deliver care with a warm bedside manner while listening carefully to your concerns and keeping you informed. For our emergency nursing staff, emergency care is their trained specialty. Other support team members all play their part in your well-being as they share Wellstar PeopleCare with you.
What to Expect When You Arrive
Health emergencies create some of the most anxiety-provoking moments in life. What you’ll receive from our doctors, nurses and emergency team members is not only their keen medical skill, but also a sense of caring emotional support to get you through these tense times with confidence and clarity. We truly care about your overall health and are dedicated to serving the whole you with personalized, comprehensive care.
When an emergency arises, the time it takes to reach care can be critical. To help us help you (or the patient) faster, please bring:
- Medications list
- If possible, any other important medical information about you (or the patient)
Your medical status will be assessed when you arrive, and you’ll be directed toward the most appropriate care based on your condition. You will likely be seen by a number of staff including doctors and/or advanced practice providers, nurses and clinical team members during this process. Each Wellstar professional will strive to answer your questions and help you feel heard as your medical concerns are carefully addressed.
Awards & Recognition
As part of Wellstar Health System, our 10 Emergency Departments have helped garner many prestigious distinctions. Here are just a few examples of the certifications and recognition our healthcare facilities have achieved as we’ve served you.
- Certified Levels I, II, and III Trauma Centers
- Comprehensive and Emergency Cardiac Care Centers
- Comprehensive and Primary Stroke Centers
- Certified Chest Pain Centers
- Dedicated Wound Treatment and Burn Center
- Levels II and III Newborn Intensive Care Units (NICUs)
- Certification in Total Hip, Total Knee and Spine surgeries
- Safety Grade ‘A’ by Leapfrog Hospital Safety Group
- America’s 100 Best in Critical Care
- America’s 100 Best in Stroke Care
- America’s 100 Best in Pulmonary Care
- America’s 100 Best in Gastrointestinal Care
- General Surgery Excellence Award
- Vascular Surgery Excellence Award
- Beacon Award for Critical Care Excellence
- Member of the Mayo Clinic Care Network
- Top 5% in the country for overall clinical excellence
- Top 250 Best Hospitals