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Emergency Department

  • When you are hurt or don't feel well, you want quick attention. At Buffalo Hospital, we have the shortest wait times in all of the Twin Cities.

    Our team of emergency doctors and nurses are ready to care for you with the most advanced lifesaving equipment and technology available.

    Our doctors, part of Emergency Physicians Professional Association (EPPA), have a proven record for consistent, impressive improvements in patient outcomes, wait times and patient satisfaction. We also have a wide-range of specialists on call, including orthopedics, cardiac care, neurological and several others.

    Time is critical

    In an emergency, every moment is critical. It's important to get to the closest emergency department.

    Buffalo Hospital has earned a reputation for quick, expert care. If a higher level of care is needed than what is available, our emergency team immediately begins tests and treatments, stabilizes you and arranges transportation by ambulance or helicopter as needed.

    If you need a prescription before going home, InstyMeds, an automated system that dispenses prescriptions, is available in our lobby.

    As a non-profit hospital, we treat all patients, regardless of their ability to pay.

  • Frequently asked questions

    Why are some people seen sooner than others?

    Why can't I eat or drink while I'm waiting?

    How long does treatment take?

    Why did I have to wait when the staff did not look busy?

    How can I get my medical records if I need them?

    Why can't you tell me what this will cost?

    Who can help me if I have a concern or would like to comment about my care in the emergency department?

    Why can't I get any medical advice over the phone when I call?

  • Saving lives

    Tom Burling thought he had heart burn. But when it proved to be a heart attack, he was fortunate to be near Buffalo Hospital's emergency room. His story shows how Buffalo Hospital works with Mercy Hospital to save lives with timely heart care.

    'Saving lives' video transcript

  • Emergencies

    For all emergencies, call 911.


    Your primary care provider can help you with preventive care and most same-day needs, including illnesses and injuries. 

    For non-life-threatening illnesses and injuries that require more immediate attention, you can find the care you need at an urgent care location. No appointment needed.