About Baptist Health-Fort Smith Emergency Department
Medical emergencies can happen at any time, and you could find yourself or a loved one in search of the nearest ER. At Baptist Health-Fort Smith, you get the services you need from the most trusted name in care. Our 24/7 emergency department is a Level III Trauma Center that is staffed with specialists that have demonstrated the ability to provide prompt assessment, resuscitation, surgery, intensive care and stabilization of injured patients and emergency operations.
The Baptist Health-Fort Smith Emergency Department features:
- A team commitment to keep wait times to 30 minutes or less.
- Highly-trained & dedicated response teams with board-certified emergency medicine physicians
- Multi-functional treatment rooms for patients with varied conditions
- 24-hour immediate coverage by emergency medicine physicians and the prompt availability of general surgeons and anesthesiologists
Awards and Recognitions
American College of Cardiology Chest Pain Center with PCI Accreditation
2019 GWTG- Stroke Gold Plus – Target Stroke Honor Roll Award
Heart Failure Certification with Joint Commission
2019 Arkansas Department of Health Stroke Performance Awards from the Arkansas Stroke Registry
Primary Stroke Center with Joint Commission
Baptist Health-Fort Smith has demonstrated sustained achievement in the Chest Pain ̶ MI Registry for four consecutive quarters during 2020 and performed with distinction in specific performance measures to receive this 2021 award.
In 2022, Baptist Health-Fort Smith earned numerous awards from the American Heart Association for quality care of patients suffering from heart disease, stroke and diabetes. The awards included the Get With The Guidelines®-Heart Failure Gold Plus with Target: Heart Failure and Target: Type 2 Diabetes Honor Roll Award and the Gold Plus, Target Stroke Honor Roll, and Target Type 2 Diabetes Honor Roll awards.
Stroke is the No. 5 cause of death and a leading cause of disability in the U.S. A stroke occurs when a blood vessel that carries oxygen and nutrients to the brain is either blocked by a clot or bursts. When that happens, part of the brain cannot get the blood and oxygen it needs, so brain cells die. Early stroke detection and treatment are key to improving survival, minimizing disability and accelerating recovery times.
Get With The Guidelines puts the expertise of the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association to work for hospitals nationwide, helping ensure patient care is aligned with the latest evidence- and research-based guidelines. Get With The Guidelines – Stroke is an in-hospital program for improving stroke care by promoting consistent adherence to these guidelines, which can minimize the long-term effects of a stroke and even prevent death.
About 6.2 million U.S. adults are living with heart failure (HF). Despite the name, HF doesn’t mean that the heart has stopped working – it means the heart is having a hard time pumping blood and oxygen throughout the body. While there’s no cure for HF, patients can live a quality life by working with their health care team to create and stick with a plan that may include medication, symptom monitoring and lifestyle changes.
These quality achievement awards show our commitment to improving outcomes for patients with heart failure, meaning reduced readmissions and more healthy days at home.
Baptist Health also provides emergency services at other locations, including:
- Baptist Health Medical Center-Little Rock
- Baptist Health Medical Center-North Little Rock
- Baptist Health Medical Center-Conway
- Baptist Health Medical Center-Stuttgart
- Baptist Health Medical Center-Heber Springs
- Baptist Health Medical Center-Hot Spring County
- Baptist Health Medical Center-Arkadelphia
- Baptist Health-Van Buren