Level II Trauma Center / Emergency Department
Enloe Medical Center is the area's Designated Level II Trauma Center and a Joint Commmission Accredited STEMI Receiving Center. Enloe is the only American College of Surgeons (ACS) verified Level II Trauma Center north of the Sacramento area, and one of only seven in Northern California, including the Bay Area.
Board certified emergency physicians, trauma surgeons, cardiologists and allied medical professionals are available 24 hours a day to handle emergency illnesses and injury. Enloe's Emergency Services Department is also designated for emergency pediatric care and includes specialized equipment to treat children.
Emergency Room Expansion
Enloe's emergency department recently expanded in two phases, nearly tripling its original size. The first phase of the expansion opened in August 2015, adding 16,535 square feet of much needed space, incluiding a new walk-in entrance, separate ambulance entrance, 25 treatment beds, a new trauma room, and a dedicated X-ray machine and CT scanner. The second phase, opened June 11, 2015, and was renovated from existing space inside the medical center.
Adding Emergency Medicine Staff and Physicians
To accommodate a growing volume of patients, the emergency department has changed workflows and added physicians, physician shifts and staff.
“We have been fortunate to expand the group of physicians who cover the emergency department. We now have a total of 23 emergency medicine physicians who cover shifts 24/7,” said emergency medicine physician Monty Leavitt, M.D., medical director of the emergency department.
Enloe has increased staff to include a nurse practitioner and physician assistant. These mid-level practitioners help with patient triage and more routine medical conditions.
A Nationwide Shortage of Primary Care Physicians
“We understand the reason for the increase in emergency room visits is a result of a deepening shortage of primary care physicians in Butte County, which mirrors a nationwide shortage,” said Brady Haynes, Enloe’s Vice President of Physician Enterprise. “We are working with Ampla Health, Northern Valley Indian Health, Immediate Care, Premiere Primary Care and other provider groups to bring more physicians to the area. We stand ready to treat anyone who comes into the emergency department regardless of condition or ability to pay; and for patients who aren’t sure their condition requires emergency intervention, it is always better to be safe than sorry.”
This is news coverage after the opening of the first phase of the emergency deaprtment expansion in 2014.
Ambulance Service & Membership Programs
Enloe's comprehensive emergency operations include:
- Butte County EMS Ground Ambulance Service, serving residents of Butte County 24 hours a day. Ground Ambulance Membership Programs are also available to provide medically necessary ground ambulance transportation at a reduced or no cost.
- FlightCare, an air ambulance service providing 24-hour coverage to the rural areas of the far north state. Annual FlightCare Memberships are also available for individuals, families and groups.
- Because Enloe Medical Center is a STEMI Receiving Center, our ground ambulance services are equipped to save critical time and bring patients directly to the most appropriate hospital to increase chances of survival for heart attack patients in rural areas.
Enloe Medical Center offers Care-Line, a service that allows members to press a button worn on the wrist or around the neck in case of a medical problem that leaves them unable to get to a telephone.
Prompt Care: For Minor Illnesses and Injuries
For minor injuries and illnesses - such as the flu, colds, sore throats, ear aches, sprains, fractures, back strains, minor burns and other problems that are not life threatening - Enloe Medical Center has two walk-in Prompt Care Clinics.
Enloe Medical Center,
(530) 332-7330 | Map
The Emergency Department is open 24 hours a day.