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Emergency Medicine

Staff at VCU Medical Center are ready 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to provide comprehensive, specialized care for severely injured patients. VCU Medical Center is the only comprehensive Level I trauma center in Virginia verified in adult, pediatric and burn trauma care. We are one of only two adult Level I trauma centers in Virginia verified by the American College of Surgeons

As a Level I trauma center, VCU Medical Center offers 24-hour, on-site surgical staff, dedicated operating room space and round-the-clock access to laboratory services and subspecialties including burn, cardiac surgery, neurosurgery, plastic surgery, anesthesiology and radiology. Additionally, VCU Medical Center serves as a referral site for the state and a coordinating facility for the Richmond metropolitan area during disasters. We provide care across the continuum from arrival into the Emergency Department to rehabilitation, home health and follow-up services.

VCU's Department of Emergency Medicine is responsible for the delivery of emergency care in the medial center's Emergency Department, where more than 80,000 patients are treated annually. State-of-the-art care is available for cardiac, trauma, pediatric, obstetric and gynecologic emergencies. From orthopaedic surgeons to neurologists, poison control to cardiologists, our specialists are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, to providing exceptional emergency care for all types of medical conditions. Treatment for patients with severe burns is managed through the Evans-Haynes Burn Center.

VCU Medical Center's Emergency Department is located in the Critical Care Hospital at 1213 E. Clay St.

Pediatric Emergency Department

In an emergency, critically ill and injured children have access to all pediatric specialists 24 hours a day at Children's Hospital of Richmond at VCU's pediatric emergency department. The 10,000 sq. ft. emergency room has several unique features:

  • Its own entrance and waiting room
  • Dedicated pediatric radiology suite
  • 12 large exam rooms with recliners for families
  • Literacy center with books for children to take home

Patient Transfer Center

All patient transfer requests to the Emergency Department are coordinated by the medical center's Patient Transfer Center, which are directed to the Emergency Medicine attending physician in charge.

Virginia Poison Center

The Department of Emergency Medicine is home to the Virginia Poison Center. As one of three centers in the state, the Virginia Poison Center was established to provide emergency telephone information on poisoning for central and eastern Virginia. Board certified toxicologists are available for consultation 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Forensic Nurse Examiners Program

The child abuse team provides care for more than 1,000 patients in the child advocacy center and outpatient child abuse clinic, all operated under the Department of Emergency Medicine. The program, the largest of its kind in Virginia, also provides 24/7 coverage of the Emergency Department with emergency medicine forensic nurses.