24 Hour Emergency

PCMH Emergency Services

The Emergency Department is open and staffed 24/7 with RN’s and an Emergency physician to meet the needs of the community for emergency care.  Our goal is to provide quality and compassionate care to our community.  The Emergency Department and Emergency Medical Services (EMS) work together to ensure that patients are evaluated and timely care is established.  Patients presenting with Stroke and Heart Attack symptoms are managed utilizing established best practices of care.

PCMH is recognized by the State of Missouri as a Level III Stroke Center.  Patients who call 911 or present to the Emergency Department with signs of a Stroke will be cared for by a team which is trained in stroke specific care. The Emergency Department and EMS have been trained in recognizing the symptoms of a stroke, leading to a decrease in time from arrival to treatment. Currently, PCMH has the ability to transmit CT scans of the brain to select stroke centers to be evaluated by a neurologist immediately for an expert consult. This expert consult can suggest treatment options up to and including TPA, often referred to as the "clot buster" to treat strokes-which can be given at PCMH. Patients who have bleeding in the brain can also benefit from the early recognition and treatment of symptoms such as elevated blood pressure and high clotting times.

Patients that are experiencing heart attack symptoms, such as chest pain, will have an EKG completed upon arrival to the Emergency Department.  The Emergency Physician will review the EKG in order to provide rapid recognition so that timely and quality care delivery can be provided .

PCMH Emergency Department has developed protocols and treatment options, which maximize the chance for early recognition and treatment of these potentially deadly conditions.

PCMH Emergency Medical Services

Currently, two ALS ambulances are fully staffed 24/7 to serve the emergency needs of our community within Pike County, MO.  Two locations have been established to better serve the county.  One ambulance is located at PCMH and provides coverage to the east side of Pike County, MO.  The second ambulance is located at our satellite location, EMS base in Bowling Green, and provides coverage to the western side of Pike County, MO.

  • PCMH EMS staff includes both Paramedics and Emergency Medical Technicians (EMT’s)
  • PCMH EMS is licensed through the State of Missouri as an Advanced Life Support (ALS) and Basic Life Support (BLS) service.

For ALL emergencies call 911.  PCMH EMS will be dispatched directory through Pike County 911 to your location.

PCMH Emergency Services Outreach

PCMH EMS are always eager to work with the community to meet their educational needs.  If you have a need for basic First-Aid, CPR, or educational session on another topic, please reach out to Emergency Department and EMS Director Reesa Vanhooser, BSN, RN at extension 7161.


If you have any more questions about the services we render here at Pike County Memorial Hospital, please, don't hesitate to reach out.