In the event of a medical emergency, including stroke or heart attack, please call 9-1-1 without hesitation! Time is critical in all health emergency situations.

Chester County Hospital's Emergency Department (ED) is staffed by board-certified emergency physicians, physician assistants, nurses and clinicians 24-hours a day and provides care to about 40,000 patients annually who require varying levels of urgent medical care. 

Walk-in Arrivals

When you walk in the entrance of Emergency Department, you will be greeted at the Check-In desk by a Patient Access staff member who will perform a preliminary registration so we can order tests and treatment in our hospital electronic ordering system. Registration will be completed during your visit. 

A trained team of ED physicians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, nurses, and technicians will provide an initial assessment in the Rapid Treatment Area (RTA). Our physician assistants and nurse practitioners are under the direct supervision of our ED physicians and they work as a team to coordinate your plan of care. 

In an RTA room, you will be able to discuss your visit with the provider and nursing team. This first assessment will permit the clinical team to initiate radiology or laboratory studies, or EKGs. Your level of care and treatment pathway will be determined at this time. Medical care in the ED, including medications, laboratory and radiology studies, can be managed from arrival to discharge in the RTA or the Internal Waiting Room. Or the ED team may decide to move you to the area of the ED where patients in the most critical condition receive monitoring and treatment.

Ambulance Arrivals

Patients who are transported to the hospital by ambulance will be evaluated and initially assessed and directed to the appropriate level of care pathway. You may remain in the Main ED, be placed in the RTA pathway, or if a bed is unavailable, you will have your care started in an RTA room. After a quick check-in, registration will be completed by a Patient Access staff member at bedside.

Additional Services

  • To support the care of our patients, Case Management staff members are available to facilitate the care provided during your stay and identify potential options for your needs after discharge.
  • Language Interpretation Services are available 24 hours a day for all languages including Sign Language.

Emergency Medicine and Chester County Hospital

For more information about emergency medicine physicians on the Medical Staff at Chester County Hospital, call our Physician Referral Service at 800-789-PENN (7366) or visit the Find a Doctor section of our website.


Chester County Hospital
701 E. Marshall Street
West Chester, PA 19380

PARKING: Follow road signs and use the entranced identified as "Emergency."

Emergency: 9-1-1
Phone: 610.431.5550

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ED Physicians

In addition to board-certified emergency physicians, the Emergency Department is staffed by physician assistants, nurses and clinicians.

Chest Pain? Call 9-1-1!

Chester County's only ACCREDITED Chest Pain Center is a 9-1-1 call away.

Pediatric Emergency Services

Accidents happen and children get sick all the time, usually on the weekends or in the middle of the night. When that happens, turn to Chester County Hospital, where pediatricians from the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia are available in the Emergency Department to provide child-friendly care for your little one.

Intensive Care Unit

Critical care is provided by a diverse team of health care professionals who work in a highly specialized area of the Hospital known as the Intensive Care Unit (ICU).

Rapid Treatment Area

At Chester County Hospital, we re-engineered our Emergency Department to reduce most wait times by more than 80%.

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