The Emergency Department is staffed 24 hours-a-day with qualified physicians and nurses, and is supported by dedicated laboratory, radiology and respiratory technicians and therapists. Currently, more than 10,000 patients a year are treated in the Emergency Department.
In 2006, Athol Hospital achieved Primary Stroke Service designation. Patients with symptoms of stroke can now be diagnosed and treated more quickly than ever before. Athol Hospital has also added other technologies, such as a Picture Archiving and Communications System, to provide advanced diagnostic and treatment services.
In the event of a serious trauma, Life Flight, Med Flight, and Life Star capability means Athol Hospital can transport patients to Level One Trauma Centers safely and quickly when time is of the essence. Athol Hospital also has its own helipad, generously donated by the Athol-Orange Rotary Club. Ambulance and helicopter transport services are also available when a patient’s condition warrants transfer to a tertiary care facility or other specialty health care institution.