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TriStar Summit Medical Center

Emergency Services

Emergency Care at its Best.
Saving Lives with Expert Care.

Now is the time to think about where you'll go if you need emergency care. TriStar Summit's Emergency Department provided emergency care for over 53,000 individuals last year. Our Emergency Services are among the most experienced in the area. We take pride in offering our community this high level of emergent care coupled with the skills and compassion of our highly trained Emergency Department staff.

As a patient in TriStar Summit's Emergency Department, you will be cared for by board certified, emergency physicians who have the training to respond to any type of medical emergency that you or your family may experience, from the most serious life-threatening cases down to the minor everyday cuts and bruises. Our Emergency Department is also staffed with registered nurses who have been certified in Advanced Cardiac Life Support and Pediatric Advanced Life Support. Many have furthered their education and training with additional certifications.

Recognizing the Symptoms...

Two of the most common life-threatening emergencies are heart attacks and strokes. In both cases, time is crucial. Being able to recognize the symptoms can help save the life of you or someone you love:

Chest Pain

Chest pain is often a symptom of heart disease. It occurs when the blood vessels leading to the heart are blocked. This results in less blood, and therefore less oxygen, reaching the heart muscle. When the heart muscle is deprived of oxygen, chest pain and other symptoms result. Chest pain of any kind deserves a medical evaluation to determine its cause.

Other symptoms may include:

  • Nausea
  • Dizziness
  • Shortness of breath & difficulty breathing
  • Unexplained anxiety
  • Weakness or fatigue
  • Palpitations
  • Cold sweat
  • Paleness


Stroke is a type of cardiovascular disease. It affects the arteries leading to and within the brain. A stroke occurs when a blood vessel that carries oxygen and nutrients to the brain is either blocked by a clot or a burst. When that happens, part of the brain cannot get the blood and oxygen it needs, so it starts to die.

Learn to recognize the symptoms of a stroke quickly:

  • Sudden numbness or weakness of the face, arm or leg, especially on one side of the body
  • Sudden confusion, trouble speaking or understanding
  • Sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes
  • Sudden trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination
  • Sudden, severe headache with no known cause