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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.

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Emergency Department

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About River Falls Emergency Department

Life-saving emergency care – close to home

The River Falls Area Hospital emergency room (ER) is a Level IV Trauma Center. This means we have the expertise and resources to provide a high level of 24/7 emergency care near you.

We treat a range of conditions, including severe chest pain, breathing problems, heavy bleeding and sudden or severe pain. 

Using advanced technology, our highly trained staff are experts in resuscitating and stabilizing critically ill and injured patients. You and your loved ones will receive safe, high-quality care from our board-certified physicians and nursing team. 

Because we’re part of the Allina Health network of care, you have quick access to the same neurologists, cardiologists, psychiatrists, pediatricians and other specialists that are available in larger metro hospitals. And because we’re your local hospital, you can expect patient-centered care from a committed team that knows your community.

What to expect

Upon arrival, your condition assessed so patients with the most urgent needs are seen first. We will quickly begin tests and treatment. Once stabilized, you may be released to go home or be admitted to the hospital. If you need additional critical care, we will quickly and safely transport you to a higher-level critical care hospital.

Good to know

Mental health assessments

Mental health assessments are conducted by licensed social workers.

Stroke ready

River Falls Area Hospital is designated stroke ready by the state of Minnesota. That means we are prepared to evaluate, stabilize and provide life-saving emergency treatment to patients who exhibit symptoms of stroke. Learn the signs of stroke.

TeleHealth services

We have special video conferencing technology that allows top specialists at metro hospitals to examine patients with certain serious conditions, any day, any time. Using this technology, specialists see and interact with the patient as if they are in the same room. It allows for faster diagnosis and start of treatment than if the patient traveled further for care. Patients get access to specialized emergency care close to home, eliminating unnecessary travel.

  • TeleStroke services bring expert stroke care into the exam room. Working with neurologists at United Hospital, medical staff stabilize stroke patients and give life-saving medications. In addition to TeleStroke, tele-neurology consults are available for other neurological medical conditions.

Good for treating

Emergency room patients generally have symptoms that are more complicated than urgent care conditions. Some of these symptoms include, but are not limited to:

  • severe chest pain/cardiovascular/heart emergencies
  • dizziness
  • breathing difficulty
  • sudden or severe pain
  • head/brain injury, brain injury
  • stroke/neurological emergencies
  • seizure
  • loss of consciousness
  • confusion or inability to speak
  • speech problems or slurred speech
  • deep or complicated cuts
  • severe bleeding
  • poisoning
  • major burns 
  • broken bones
  • severe abdominal pain  
  • high fever
  • severe eye injury or sudden blindness
  • carbon monoxide exposure
  • partial or full paralysis
  • rape
  • suicidal behavior
  • mental health or substance abuse crisis