Emergency Services

Advanced, comprehensive emergency medicine and trauma care 24/7

We provide the highest level of emergency care for adult and pediatric trauma, burns and other serious emergencies. Our board-certified emergency medicine physicians specialize in trauma care and work together with our trauma surgeons to handle any medical emergency.

As a Level I Trauma Center, a nationally accredited chest pain center and an Advanced Comprehensive Stroke Center, patients receive the highest level of care in our Emergency Department. This includes critically ill patients who may be suffering:

Trauma care

Our highly trained trauma surgeons are on site 24/7. These critical care specialists are board-certified intensivists and provide the most advanced and comprehensive care to critically injured patients. As the region’s only nationally verified Level I Trauma Center, we specialize in high-acuity patients with complex, multisystem injuries including:

Why choose us

As a nationally accredited chest pain center, we have the advanced technology to diagnose chest pain symptoms and successfully provide the best treatment. Our survival rates far exceed the national average.

We were one of the first five healthcare facilities in the nation – and the only one in the region – to be named an Advanced Comprehensive Stroke Center by The Joint Commission. This recognizes our resources, staff and training in the care of stroke patients.

Our adult and pediatric burn center is one of only 62 in the country verified by the American Burn Association and American College of Surgeons. This means we are uniquely suited to care for the most seriously injured burn patients.

Helipads provide direct access

Our three helipads allow direct access to the ED from the hospital roof. The newest helipad can support a 30,000-pound military helicopter that may carry the U.S. president, vice president or other government officials. The helipad features a fire-suppression system and illumination for landing by night-vision goggles.


New helipad at The Unversity of Kansas Hospital

ED entrance and parking 

For ambulances and patient drop-off, use the driveway marked “Emergency” on the south side of 39th Avenue, west of Cambridge Street. The ED entrance is at the top of the ramp. Take the ramp down to the lower level where limited visitor parking is available. You can also park in the Cambridge Parking Garage across from the hospital’s main entrance. To enter the ED, go through the main entrance, turn right, and go to the far end of the Center for Advanced Heart Care. 

ED waiting time

We assess each patient's vital signs and condition within the first 5 minutes of arrival at the ED. Anytime you visit the ED, your wait to receive care depends on a number of factors.

  • Your diagnosis and condition seriousness 
  • Patient volume 
  • Condition of other patients 

To help reduce waiting time and speed up the process for noncritical events, we established a rapid evaluation, assessment and treatment area, or REACT.

Nonemergency resources

If you have any doubts about your or a loved one's injury or condition, don't hesitate. Call 911 immediately.

When you need to see a doctor right away but don't require a trip to the emergency department, our urgent care offices offer convenient hours and locations. Nonemergency conditions may include respiratory difficulties associated with asthma and allergies, sore throats, coughs, fever, rashes, minor injuries, headaches, vomiting and flu-like symptoms. 

Our Poison Control Center provides information on all types of poison, includes poisonous chemicals, plants and snakes. We're available 24/7 from anywhere in the state of Kansas and throughout the Kansas City metropolitan area. Call our hotline at 1-800-222-1222.

Kansas Speedway partnership

Our hospital has served as the official healthcare provider of the Kansas Speedway since it opened in 2001. Physicians and nurses from our hospital are on hand to take care of any health problems.

EMS partners

Regional EMS professionals are an essential part of our emergency and trauma teams. Maintaining strong partnerships with these teams helps ensure the best possible patient outcomes. For information, contact Dan Hudson, RN, EMT-P, EMS liaison, by email or call 913-588-0824.