Emergency Department

From broken bones to sudden illnesses to severe trauma, the Emergency Department at ECMC is dedicated to providing the highest quality emergency care available in an environment committed to patient satisfaction. We also take pride in our leadership in teaching and research related to emergency medicine.

As the medical emergency response system for the entire county, the ECMC Emergency Department serves 70,000 patients in our community each year. All of our attending physicians are board certified in emergency medicine, and our registered nurses are specially trained in emergency care.

ECMC offers comprehensive emergency services unrivaled by other institutions.

Advantages and services of the ECMC Emergency Department include:

  • CPEP (Comprehensive Psychiatric Emergency Program)
    • As Western New York’s only emergency psychiatric emergency program, CPEP ensures that our community has access to psychiatric care, no matter the situation or hour. (Learn more>>)
  • Alcohol and substance abuse counselor located in the ED
  • 24/7 attending physician coverage
  • 24/7 imaging available, including CT scans, X-rays, and MRI
  • Advanced technologies across specialties
  • Telemedicine services
  • Occupational health services
  • Travel services
  • Regional Emergency Preparedness Disaster Center
  • Designated Stroke Center
  • Designated NYS Department of Health Center of Excellence for victims of sexual assault
  • Patient Portal
  • Discharge planning
  • Patient advocates
  • Pharmacy services
  • Helicopter access

In addition to responding to emergency situations, our team serves as a community partner through programs and offerings like:

  • SMART (Specialized Medical Assistance Response Team), a 24/7 physician response team for mass casualty incidents
  • Crisis Services advocates for patient and family needs available 24/7
  • Medication and syringe drop box provided by the Erie County Sherriff’s Department

We recognize how stressful a visit to the emergency room can be, so our waiting and quiet rooms have been renovated to ensure the comfort of patients and their family members.

We also serve our patients with an active telemedicine program, linking healthcare professionals in outlying hospitals to consult with ECMC physician experts, making sure patients throughout our area can access the best care when it matters most.

Frequently Asked Questions

I visited the Emergency Department before. Why do they need my information again?

Even if you are in our computer system, we need to check the data to make sure the information is current and accurate.

Why do people who arrived after me get treated first?

There are a wide variety of medical conditions that bring people to the Emergency Department. Those patients who are the most seriously ill will be seen first; this is called “triage.” Also, the physician specializing in your particular condition may already be treating other patients.

Where can I park?

Free parking is available to Emergency Department patients and their family members on the ramps outside the ED entrance.

How many people can be with me in the ED treatment area?

Patients are permitted to have a maximum of two people with them in the patient treatment area.

How is payment for services handled?

A financial counselor is available in the Emergency Department to answer questions about payment.

Is there anywhere to get something to eat or drink?

Vending machines are located in the waiting room, hot food is available in the hospital’s cafeteria and there is a Tim Hortons and a Subway located in the main lobby.

Our Doctors

Meet the board certified Emergency Medicine physicians who take care of our patients and serve our community in the most critical moments.


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