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Emergency Department

What is the contact information for the Emergency Department at Fort Madison Community Hospital?

5445 Avenue O
PO Box 174
Fort Madison, IA

What are the hours of the Fort Madison Community Hospital Emergency Room?

Physician Staffed 7 Days a Week/24 Hours a day; AlliedHealth Care Provider Staffed 12 Hours a Day, 7 days a week

Medical Director: Dr. Sean Brodale, D.O.

FMCH ER Director: Ashlea Horstman, BSN, RNFMCH Emergency Department ambulance and entrance

The FMCH Emergency Department provides efficient, compassionate health care for all members of your family. Treating over 16,000 patients each year, this team of specially trained health care professionals understands that emergency care means quality care.

Fort Madison Community Hospital Emergency Department is an accredited Level IV Trauma Center located on the north side of the facility. The ER is staffed and equipped to provide immediate and diverse emergency care, especially for those who are stricken with sudden and acute illness or who are the victims of severe trauma. The emergency department uses a triage system of screening and classifying clients to determine priority needs for the most efficient use of available personnel and equipment.

FMCH partners with Wapiti Medical Staffing to provide our Emergency Room Physicians.

Emergency Department Features:

  • Accredited Level IV Area Trauma Care Facility
  • Physician-staffed 24 hours per day, 7 days per week supported by Allied Health Care Providers 12 hours per day, 7 days a week
  • Direct access to FMCH Providers and services
  • Conveniently located between the FMCH Surgery and Radiology Departments
  • Air Evac Lifeteam Base (air ambulance services) is located in the FMCH Parking Lot for advanced emergency health care and rapid medical transport (
  • A decontamination shower room
  • A large, double-bay trauma room and two private treatment rooms
  • A private consultation room for families dealing with grief over a loved one in trauma or in a life-threatening situation
  • Five Clinic examination rooms to "fast-track" our non-emergent patients
  • A Safe Room for anyone posing a harm to themselves or others
  • Holding room for those patients who require extended observation with all the comforts of a normal patient room
  • A spacious, circular drive-through to accommodate multiple emergency vehicles

When should I go to the Emergency Room?

  • Abnormal pain (severe)
  • Appendicitis
  • Asthma with significant or severe shortness of breath
  • Bowel obstruction
  • Broken bone with deformity
  • Car accident victims
  • Chest pain (severe)
  • Concussion or any loss of consciousness
  • Dehydration requiring IV fluids
  • Domestic abuse
  • Elderly patients with complex medical needs
  • Fainting
  • Fever in child under 3 months old
  • Foreign object in eye
  • Gunshot wounds
  • Head injury
  • Headaches/migraines
  • Heart attack (suspected)
  • HIV testing
  • Inability to walk due to injury
  • Intoxicated patients
  • Life-threatening injury
  • Mental illness
  • Patient with post-op related problem
  • Patients in police custody
  • Postpartum pelvic pain
  • Pregnancy problems
  • Pregnant patients with abdominal pain
  • Rectal bleeding
  • Sexual assault
  • Shortness of breath (of unknown origin)
  • Stroke symptoms
  • Spinal injury/ trauma
  • Stab wound
  • Suicide attempt
  • Testicular pain
  • Vaginal bleeding

When to call 9-1-1

When you or someone you love is having a medical emergency it is important to know if you should drive to the ER or call 9-1-1.

Ask Yourself the Following Questions:

  • Is the condition life-threatening?
  • Is it a possible Heart Attack? (
  • Are they experiencing symptoms of a Stroke? (
  • Could the condition worsen and become life-threatening on the way to the hospital?
  • Could moving cause further injury?
  • Does the person need the skills/equipment of paramedics or emergency medical technicians?
  • Could distance or weather conditions cause a delay in getting to FMCH?

If the answer to any of these questions is yes or you’re not sure, call 9-1-1 for an ambulance. Even if you think you can get to the hospital faster by driving, 9-1-1 can bring many of the lifesaving skills and medications right to you and start care sooner. Emergency crews are trained to begin medical treatment on the way to the hospital, and they can also alert the Emergency Department in advance to the patient’s condition.

When You Call 911 Remember to:

  • Speak calmly and clearly.
  • Give name, address, phone number, exact location of victim, and nature of the problem.
  • Don’t hang up until the dispatcher indicates you can.
  • The 911 dispatcher can offer some basic care for you to perform while waiting for the ambulance to arrive.

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