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It's an Emergency! What's Taking So Long?

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The care of our patients is what matters most and in a medical emergency, it’s no different.  The team at UnityPoint Health - Finley Hospital’s emergency room is here and stands ready to provide you with safe medical care when you need it most.

When you come to the emergency room at Finley Hospital, there are three primary factors that can extend wait times.

Life-Threatening Emergencies

People come to us for help, whether they are having trouble breathing, having a stroke, or their heart stops beating. We can’t predict when they – or you – will need us but every second counts when they do.

Sometimes, patients in those life-threatening situations may need more than one provider in the emergency department to save their life.

Unfortunately, this may make others who are less sick wait a little longer for their care.


Everyone who checks in in the emergency room will talk with a triage nurse, who will evaluate the people that need immediate medical attention. It’s important to know that if you are waiting longer than others, it is because there are sicker patients than you right now.

For example, if someone is having chest pain or isn’t breathing, that’s a true emergency and they need help now. It can be hard to know how much longer your wait time may be in the emergency department, because it is critical that all life-threatening situations become stable. For example, an ambulance may bring in a patient that needs immediate care after they were involved in a car accident. Or, we could be calling your name next, because all other patients are stabilized.

Quality Care

Our emergency department team at Finley Hospital will give our patients the best care, experience, and outcome possible. When visiting the emergency department, our care teams greatly appreciate your patience, as we provide care to all of those who need it.

When seconds and minutes matter, we are here to care for you and your family. Finley Hospital’s Emergency Department is staff 24/7 with medical expertise in emergency care. When you need it, you can count on the team in Finley Hospital’s emergency department to be there to provide safe care, your way.

To learn more about emergency services at Finley Hospital, visit this link.