If you're experiencing a medical emergency, call 911 immediately.
24/7 ER in Dickson, TN
If you're experiencing a medical emergency our modern, 26-bed ER provides a high level of acute care 24/7. We are prepared and trained for a wide variety of medical conditions. Our hospital in Dickson proudly serves 40,000 patients each year in communities near White Bluff, Burns, and Kingston Springs.
Emergency Services at TriStar Horizon
Our highly trained and skilled medical staff, includes board-certified emergency physicians, registered nurses, physician’s assistants and nurse practitioners, (paramedics and EMTs) and consulting physicians representing more than 30 medical specialties.
We serve the community with with:
- Dickson County's only Accredited Chest Pain Center
- Convenient bedside registration to reduce wait times
- Advanced diagnostic technologies, for fast access to test results
- A helipad for air ambulances
- Rapid assessments of cardiac disease and trauma
- Expert treatment for patients of all ages, from children to older adults (we are a designated basic pediatric facility by state guidelines)
Recognizing the Symptoms...
Two of the most common life-threatening emergencies are heart attacks and strokes. In both cases, time is crucial. Being able to recognize the symptoms can help save the life of you or someone you love:
Chest pain is often a symptom of heart disease. It occurs when the blood vessels leading to the heart are blocked. This results in less blood, and therefore less oxygen, reaching the heart muscle. When the heart muscle is deprived of oxygen, chest pain and other symptoms result. Chest pain of any kind deserves a medical evaluation to determine its cause.
Other symptoms may include:
- Shortness of breath & difficulty breathing
- Unexplained anxiety
Stroke is a type of cardiovascular disease. It affects the arteries leading to and within the brain. A stroke occurs when a blood vessel that carries oxygen and nutrients to the brain is either blocked by a clot or a burst. When that happens, part of the brain cannot get the blood and oxygen it needs, so it starts to die.
Learn to recognize the symptoms of a stroke quickly:
- Sudden numbness or weakness of the face, arm or leg, especially on one side of the body
- Sudden confusion, trouble speaking or understanding
- Sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes
- Sudden trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination
- Sudden, severe headache with no known cause
When ER doctors determine that a patient is too sick to be discharged home, but not sick enough to be admitted to the hospital, they are able to place the patient in an “observation status”. After further testing, the patient may be admitted or discharged home. An observation unit allows the Emergency Department physician to move the patient quickly to a unit designed to provide the level of care needed at that time. The observation unit enhances the flow of patients through the emergency department and frees up inpatient beds. It’s a more effective process for patients.