Emergency Services

If you’re experiencing a medical emergency, please dial 911 or visit your local emergency department (ED).

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Don’t wait to get care. If you or a loved one is experiencing signs of a heart attack, stroke or other medical emergency, Nuvance Health™ hospital emergency departments offer quick access to leading-edge care. We have dedicated space for non-COVID-19 patients and are taking extra precautions to protect your health and safety.

Anna-Maria and Stephen Kellen Emergency Department at Danbury Hospital

The Danbury ED is an American College of Surgeons (ACS)-designated Level II Trauma Center and primary stroke center. Visit Danbury ED

Anna-Maria and Stephen Kellen Emergency Department at Vassar Brothers Medical Center

The brand-new ED at VBMC is an ACS-designated Level II Trauma Center. It has a helistop on the roof and a pediatric-friendly area. Visit Vassar Brother ED

Urgent or Emergent?

If you have a minor illness or injury, avoid the ER and consider a visit to one of our Urgent Cares in New York. Our Urgent Cares offer quick, local access for minor injuries, like sprains or strains and illnesses such as strep throat, allergies or flu.


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What to Expect at the ED?

Your experience may vary slightly at each hospital, but here’s what you can expect upon a visit to a Nuvance Health emergency department:

Level II Trauma Centers at Nuvance Health

When it comes to lifesaving and emergency care, the facility that you choose matters. Danbury Hospital, Norwalk Hospital and Vassar Brothers Medical Center have Level II Trauma Center designations. These hospitals provide lifesaving, rapid-response treatments to the community. Nuvance Health offers:

Advanced trauma care

Trauma teams bring together the hospital’s advanced capabilities to address the full spectrum of injuries, with dedicated trauma and other surgical care available around the clock. The team can respond within minutes of a trauma activation.

At a Level II Trauma Center, you’ll find:

  • Specially designed trauma bays
  • A team of dedicated, fellowship-trained trauma and critical care surgeons
  • A multidisciplinary team approach involving a range of specialists and sub-specialists
  • Cardiothoracic surgery and advanced neuro-interventional surgery
  • Trauma prevention and continuing education programs for hospital staff
  • Continued commitment to and collaboration with the EMS communities in the areas we serve

What to Expect at the ED?

Your experience may vary slightly at each hospital, but here’s what you can expect upon a visit to a Nuvance Health emergency department:

  • A triage nurse will meet you and gather necessary medical information to determine the urgency and severity of your condition. The nurse uses this information to decide whether the team will treat you in the rapid turn-around areas (if available) or the main Emergency Department.
  • A registration clerk will ask questions about your health insurance to update your records. We treat all patients regardless of their ability to pay.
  • A team member will move you to a treatment room as soon as possible, depending on the seriousness of your condition and others awaiting care.
  • A care team member will obtain details about your illness and in some cases, may start an IV or draw blood.
  • The physician, physician assistant or nurse practitioner will assess you, perform an examination and order tests if needed.
  • Your care team will discuss your condition and make recommendations for care or follow up.
  • Based on your care team’s assessment, we will discharge you home or admit you to the hospital.
  • If you are going home, a nurse will review your discharge instructions with you. Please feel free to ask questions. We want to make sure you understand your discharge instructions.